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"The Monster of Phantom Lake: The Musical!" arrives at the end of this month!
Thanks to the tireless work of composer & lyricist Adam Boll, director Mike Cook (who every Mihmivite should know best as Gustav the Canoe Cop), production/lighting designer Cherie "Rhuby" Gallinati (who last appeared as Gilliam in "X: The Fiend from Beyond Space") and the amazing cast and crew of the upcoming production, the first musical theater adaptation of one of writer/director Christopher R. Mihm's films will run July 21st through the 24th at the historic Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts in Menomonie, WI.
Tickets are NOW AVAILABLE for purchase by visiting monsterofphantomlake.com. Grab yours TODAY!
As if a musical theater adaptation of writer/director Christopher R. Mihm's first film wasn't incentive enough, Mike Cook, who has appeared in several roles throughout the Mihmiverse and is directing (and reprising his iconic role as Gustav!) the play, has been posting teases of some of the music from the show. Each snippet is roughly 30 to 60 seconds long and is taken from the just-completed original cast recording CDwhich will be available at the show!
Click on the following titles of each to hear samples via SoundCloud.com: Call Me Professor, Afraid of Everything, College and Someday!
Based on the film by Christopher R. Mihm, the play features music, lyrics and orchestrations by Adam Boll. Book and additional music & lyrics by Christopher R. Mihm. Directed by Mike Cook and starring Joel Breed (Professor Jackson), Mandy Tietz (Stephanie Yates), Greta Kernkamp (Elizabeth), Cassie Pearson (Penny), Kelan Smith (George), Hannah Jones (Amy), Christopher Sturz (Jonathan), Seth Berrier (Michael Kaiser/Lobo/The Monster), Mike Cook (Gustav/Gruff/Spooky Tree) and Greg Kernkamp (Sven/Toady/Spooky Tree).
"Attack of the Moon Zombies" is back in stock...and now available in a special MIHMIVERSE DOUBLE FEATURE edition alongside "Terror from Beneath the Earth!"
This special edition DVD includes new, higher-quality transfers of both films (taken from their original sources) and English subtitles. "Attack of the Moon Zombies" includes an alternate Esperanto audio track and feature-length commentary with writer/director Christopher R. Mihm. "Terror from Beneath the Earth" includes a commentary track featuring writer/director Christopher R. Mihm and actor Daniel R. Sjerven.
Now's your chance to own a single volume encompassing the "bookending" chapters in the "Dr. Edwards saga"available at a 2-for-1 price!
TIME IS RUNNING OUT! "Weresquito: Nazi Hunter" is nearing the end of post-production and that means you're running out of time to get YOUR name in the credits!
In the next great Mihmiverse film, horrific Nazi experiments have left a surviving WWII soldier with a terrifying condition: at the sight of fresh blood, he transforms into a man-sized, blood-sucking killer insect! Refusing to let his affliction destroy him and all he loves, he instead commits himself to using his "powers" for goodby finding the people responsible and bringing them to justice!
Following the overwhelming success of previous contribution programs for writer/director Christopher R. Mihm's past films, contributor credits are NOW AVAILABLE for the latest!
For each $25.00 donation, all contributors will be entitled to having a single name* of their choosing listed in the contributors section of the closing credits of the film, a customized, frame-able document certifying their participation in the program and a choice of one (1) copy of the finished film (format of your choice) OR one (1) collector's ticket to the film's world premiere!
Additional copies of the film and/or premiere tickets may also be pre-ordered as "add-ons" ($10 each) with the purchase of at least one credit. ALSO, for every contribution received, all members of the official Mihmiverse fan club will receive an exclusive "Weresquito: Nazi Hunter" teaser poster!
Contributor credits can even be given as gifts!
If you'd like to contribute to "Weresquito: Nazi Hunter," visit the contributor page at SaintEuphoria.com by clicking HERE!
*A single credit is defined as the name of one (1) person or corporate entity. Any credit requiring the word "and," an ampersand (&), and/or a comma (except when part of a legal company name) will constitute multiple credits and MUST BE paid for separately.
NOTE: The contributor program is an "equal exchange" program, which means specifically that those participating have NO SAY in the decisions or actions taken by anyone involved in the actual production of the film and are NOT entitled to ANY possible future profits earned by the film, derivative works, and/or merchandise created for or featuring elements from the film. Becoming an contributor does not entitle the participant to ANY ownership WHATSOEVER of the finished film or associated elements.
THE MIHMIVERSE MONTHLY AUDIOCAST
The latest episode of the Mihmiverse Monthly Audiocast
This month, host writer/director Christopher R. Mihm reminds you to buy your tickets for "The Monster of Phantom Lake: The Musical!
," discusses authenticity in his films and what might come after the "Canoe Cops Vs. The Mummy
" serial concludes!
Also included: another "bad" joke from Dr. Bob Tesla of Midnight Monster Movies with Dr. Bob
and a dramatic reading of "Incident at the Exhibit
," the seventeenth chapter in the "Canoe Cops Vs. The Mummy
" serial written by Stephen D. Sullivan
! (Support the Canoe Cops stories via Mr. Sullivan's Patreon at CushingHorrors.com
To download an .mp3 of the audiocast, click HERE
, visit archive.org
where the file is stored or download it free from iTunes
Otherwise, if you'd like to listen to the episode right from this browser window, click the play button on the player below!
The Mihmiverse Monthly Audiocast
is hosted by writer/director Christopher R. Mihm and is focused specifically on what's going on RIGHT NOW
in the Mihmiverse. In addition, Mr. Mihm will discuss the monster movie-making process, touch briefly on the future of the 'verse, pontificate on random subjects, and be joined by guests from within and without the Mihmiverse. PLUS
, each episode will include something unique you won't find anywhere else!
CLASSIC MOVIE OF THE MONTH
The Little Shop of Horrors (1960)
Directed by Roger Corman
, starring Jackie Joseph
and Jonathan Haze
In honor of this being "The Monster of Phantom Lake: The Musical!
" month, it seemed appropriate to review the "grand-daddy" of all retro-monster-movies-turned-successful-stage-musicals, "The Little Shop of Horrrors
." Directed by legendary producer Roger Corman and shot in only two days and one night, the film follows young and clumsy flower shop employee Seymour who, after losing his job for messing up an order for the local dentist, tries to get it back by showing his miserly boss a bizarre hybrid plant he's created. Named the "Audrey Jr." ("Audrey II" in the musical) after the shop girl with whom he is enamored, the sickly plant is just strange enough to earn Seymour his job back (and, hopefully, bring a few customers into the shop). The plant fails to thrive until Seymour realizes the only thing it wants is human bloodwhich prompts poor Seymour to give the Audrey, Jr. enough of his own that he becomes anemic. Out of ideas and with no extra blood to spare, Seymour takes a walk along some train tracks and accidentally causes the death of another man. He takes advantage of the situation and feeds the man's remains to his plant, which grows exponentially as a result...unfortunately, Seymour's boss observes the act and, on the verge of contacting the police, changes his mind after seeing the line of people waiting to see the Audrey, Jr. What follows is a darkly humorous story involving a sadistic dentist, a demanding, blood-crazed talking plant, a hackneyed love story, an early on-screen appearance by Jack Nicholson, clueless cops and a rising pile of dead bodies who quickly become plant food. Though similar in many ways, the musical deviates from the original Roger Corman film in several key areas. If you've seen the film version of the musical, you know it ends on a happy Hollywood note...the original film, not so much! If you're a fan of the musical but have never seen the original film OR
you're a fan of old B-movies (which, I'm guessing you are since you're reading this newsletter!), there are few as original or fun as "The Little Shop of Horrors!
" Highly recommended!
Christopher R. Mihm
With "The Monster of Phantom Lake: The Musical!
" debuting this month, we decided to forgo the usual Trivia Corner
and, instead, provide you with a few interesting factoids about the cast of the inaugural production of the play!
||Mike Cook, who, over the years, has played several Mihmiverse characters, is playing two in the musical, and also directing.
||Mandy Tietz, who played Stephanie Yates in the preview at the first "Night Before the Thing" celebration (held before the "The Late Night Double Feature" premiere) is reprising the role in the musical.
||Composer Adam Boll, who wrote the music and lyrics for the musical, also wrote "Ray of Sunshine," the song Harlan sang off key during the closing credits of "House of Ghosts."
||"The Monster of Phantom Lake: The Musical!" features the talented father-daughter duo of Greg and Greta Kernkamp, but never in the same scene.
||Joel Breed, who plays Professor Jackson, has an extensive pipe collection and will be supplying his own prop!
||Seth Berrier, a college professor in real life, is playing Lobo...a perfect example of "anti-type casting!"
||The teens are played by Kelan Smith, Christopher Sturz, Cassie Pearson, Hannah Jones and Greta Kernkamp, all of whom are close friends in real life.
||You may remember our technical director, Cherie "Rhuby" Gallinati as "The Boss" in "The Giant Spider," as Gilliam in "X: The Fiend From Beyond Space," or as the co-host of the Mihmiverse Bonfire Podcast.
||Jennifer Laundrie, who appeared as an extra in "The Giant Spider" with her sons Trevan and Braedon and also played piano for the "The Monster of Phantom Lake: The Musical!" sneak preview at the first "The Night Before the Thing," will be playing woodwinds in the orchestra. Her ex-husband, Tony, appeared as Dr. Rogers in "Attack of the Moon Zombies."
FROM THE MIHMIVERSE TEST KITCHENS
What do you do when you have a hankerin' for homemade pizza, but your oven is kaput? That very thing happened to us, so the head monster came up with a brilliant idea to solve the no-oven-no-pizza dilemma and satisfy the cravingno, not fix the oven, though that is certainly a solution if you can afford ithe made pizza quesadillas, henceforth forever known in our house as Pizza-dillas! Here's the easy and yummy recipe which our little monster crew loves! Best of all, you can add any toppings your heart desires!
8" (burrito size) flour tortillas
Shredded mozzarella cheese (if desired)
toppings of your choice
A jar of pre-made pizza sauce (or, if you have a great recipe, make your own!)
Heat pizza sauce in a small saucepan until heated through.
Melt a pat of butter in a large non-stick pan on medium heat.
Cover one tortilla with cheese and toppings. Sprinkle with Italian seasoning (to taste). Top with another tortilla.
Place in the non-stick pan and cook on each side until the cheese is melted and the tortilla is a beautiful golden brown.
Cut into wedges using a pizza cutter; serve with warm pizza sauce either on the side as a dip or on top!
A side salad compliments this dish nicely. Our monsters give this fun fusion of Italian and classic Mexican 5 out of 5 "hot coffees in the face." (You'll have to see "Weresquito: Nazi Hunter
" to fully understand the reference!)
July 8-10, 2016
Writer/director Christopher R. Mihm has been invited back to the 2016 Blobfest
in Phoenixville, PA to present a special screening of "The Late Night Double Feature
is a three day event which commemorates the original 1958 classic "The Blob
" and includes screenings of the film paired with other horror classics, a re-enactment of the iconic running-out-of-the-theater sequence from the film, competitions and a street fair!
Mr. Mihm and several other stars of the Mihmiverse will be in attendance! "The Giant Spider
" screened at Blobfest
in 2014 and by all accounts, the event was one for the ages! If you are anywhere near the town of Phoenixvilleor even if you're not, but can make it therewe highly recommend coming out to this unique and amazing classic film event!Colonial Theatre
, 227 Bridge Street, Phoenixville, PA
July 21-23, 2016
- 7:30PM, July 24, 2016
July 9th through the 10th, Catherine Hansen (Yureena Null/Martha) will be showcasing a play she wrote for the 4th annual Minneapolis One-Minute Play Festival
, featuring women identified artists.
"The Tiki War
," the award-winning film starring Rachel Grubb (Hagra/Amy), is screening as part of the online Fanboy Film Festival
. The film can be watched for free AND
, starting on July 15th, site visitors can vote for films to win awards!
In early- to mid-August, Billie Jo Konze (Dr. Hackett) will be performing in "Evil Twin
" at the Ritz Theater in Minneapolis for the 2016 Fringe Festival
"The Monster of Phantom Lake
," "It Came From Another World
!," "Cave Women on Mars
," "Terror from Beneath the Earth
," "Destination: Outer Space
," "Attack of the Moon Zombies
," "House of Ghosts
," "The Giant Spider
," "The Late Night Double Feature
" and "Danny Johnson Saves The World
" DVDs are now available at SaintEuphoria.com
, the online home of the films of Christopher R. Mihm.
In addition, exclusive movie posters, collectibles and other merchandise are now in stock. Everything is available in extremely limited quantities, so get yours today before they run out!
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