Last month's world premiere of "The Giant Spider" can only be described with one word: INCREDIBLE! The beautiful Heights Theatre was completely packed with excited fans who laughed and shrieked at all the right moments as the newest (and absolutely best) Mihmiverse film unspooled on the silver screen!

BUT, the premiere was not the ONLY event of note! The "premiere overflow" screening at the Trylon Microcinema and the weekend of drive-in screenings at the Hi-way 18 Outdoor Theatre were well attended by enthusiastic crowds eager to partake in the latest film from writer/director Christopher R. Mihm.

If you were unable to attend any of these amazing events, you truly missed out! For proof, check out the photos below!

Photos, from left to right, top to bottom: a line forms outside the Heights Theatre, writer/director Christopher R. Mihm and the first lady of the Mihmiverse, Stephanie Mihm, "glam up" the proceedings, "spider flowers" from super Mihmivite (and "The Giant Spider" associate producer) Theresa Perkins, a good chunk of the film's cast assemble for a photo (Jana Norland, Shannon McDonough, Mike Cook, Daniel R. Sjerven, J. Andrew Wilkins, Elliott Mihm, writer/director Christopher R. Mihm, Elizabeth Kaiser, Mark Haider, Stephanie Mihm, Billie Jo Konze, Cherie "Rhuby" Gallinati, Anthony Kaczor), a spider cupcake from Red Velvet Mel's (free for all attendees), James Norgard (and photobomber) outside the theater, Dr. Ivan Cryptosis approves the latest Mihmiverse film, monster maker Mitch Gonzales poses with his creation, Michael Kaiser and writer/director Christopher R. Mihm pose in front of the merchandise at the Hi-way 18 Outdoor Theatre, the marquee at the drive-in!





"The Giant Spider" is now available on DVD!

This all region, NTSC DVD contains an ultra-high-quality, wide screen presentation of the film, English and Esperanto audio and subtitles and exclusive bonus features and featurettes, including a blooper reel, the official trailer, a photo gallery, previews, five episodes of "Commander Lambent: Space Explorer...in Space!," film introductions by horror host Dr. Ivan Cryptosis and writer/director Christopher R. Mihm, director's audio commentary, behind-the-scenes audio commentary with writer/director Christopher R. Mihm, Stephanie Mihm, Mitch Gonzales, Mark Haider, and Cherie "Rhuby" Gallinati, and more!

$9.99 (+$2.50 shipping & handling)



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If you missed out on any of May's "The Giant Spider" events but still want to see the film in a theater (where it deserves to be seen!), here are some other ways you can see the newest Mihmiverse film:
  • In Las Vegas! (June 1)
    "The Giant Spider" holds its Las Vegas premiere at the Sci-Fi Center, complete with live Q&A with writer/director Christopher R. Mihm!
  • At Midnight Monster Movies with Dr. Bob! (June 8)
    It's the Ohio premiere of "The Giant Spider" and rumor has it that writer/director Christopher R. Mihm may be in attendance! The first 10 people in the door will get a free "The Giant Spider" movie poster! The poster is FREE and so is admission!
  • In Forest Lake, Minnesota (August 1)
    "The Giant Spider" screens at the Lake 5 Theatre for a very special edition of Edwood Grimm's Thursday Night Fright, a bi-monthly event that features classic horror films like 1931's "Dracula," 1956's "Forbidden Planet," and 1958's "The Blob!" Writer/director Christopher R. Mihm will be in attendance!
  • At Friday Fright Night in Oshkosh, Wisconsin! (August 23)
    "The Giant Spider" joins the long-running classic movie screening series in Oshkosh. This screening will include a live appearance by writer/director Christopher R. Mihm!
Don't live near one of the cities where the films of Christopher R. Mihm are screening? Why not check with an independently-owned theater near you about hosting a Mihm-movie-night event? If you can successfully book a screening of one or more Mihmiverse films in your area, you'll earn a $25 gift certificate to put toward any merchandise featured on the merchandise page at SaintEuphoria.com, the online home of the films of Christopher R. Mihm! Please contact us at info@sainteuphoria.com for more information. Depending on scheduling and distance, writer/director Christopher R. Mihm and a monster or two may even make it to your event!

For a complete list of Mihmiverse-related events, visit (and bookmark) the SaintEuphoria.com events page!





A new collectible is available: the Phantom Lake Paddle Girls Patch!

Introduced in "The Giant Spider," the Paddle Girls serve an important role as the women's auxiliary of the Phantom Lake Canoe Corps. With this patch featuring the "official" seal of the Paddle Girls, you can now enlist!

Designed by writer/director Christopher R. Mihm, this 3.5" embroidered patch includes the Paddle Girls' motto ("To Serve and Paddle") and is great for jackets, backpacks or your own "Paddle Girls" uniform. Remember, you're not a real Paddle Girl without it!

$4.99 each plus $1.00 shipping and handling.

This collectible is available in EXTREMELY limited quantities! Order today!



The latest episode of the Mihmiverse Bonfire Podcast is now available for download!

Rejoice! The seemingly-endless cold Minnesota weather lets up JUST ENOUGH to allow the Mihmiverse Bonfire Podcast crew to FINALLY return to the fire pit! In honor of the release of "The Giant Spider," podcast hosts Rhuby 'n' Hater (and perma-guest writer/director Christopher R. Mihm) welcome Mihmiverse mainstays Mike Cook (Dr. Edwards/Harlan/Gustav) and James Norgard (Dr. Gabriel/Arthur), both of whom return to the 'verse in the new film!

Also included: an "improvised poem" by second-time podcast guest Mike Cook, another episode of "Commander Lambent: Space Explorer...in Space!," and a whole host o' shenanigans!
 
Click to download part 1Click to download part 2Click to download part 3

The Mihmiverse Bonfire Podcast was created as a supplement to this newsletter and will be released on or around the 15th of every month. Moderated by hosts Rhuby 'n' Hater, this free-to-download monthly audiocast offers exclusive news, interviews with the folks who make the Mihmiverse possible, shameless self-promotion and original recurring content!

If you'd like to ask a question of the hosts, writer/director Christopher R. Mihm, or any of the show's upcoming guest(s), click HERE to submit your queries! If we like them, we may even include them in a future podcast! OR, you can "like" the Mihmiverse Bonfire Podcast page on Facebook and "participate" by posting to the podcast's wall during recording!



Every month, the Mihmiverse Monthly, the official newsletter of the films of Christopher R. Mihm, includes an ever-changing array of guest-written columns.

This month you'll find:
  • Mihmiverse Memories - "The Giant Spider" Premiere Edition
    Super Mihmivite Diane Perrault shares her experience traveling 2000 miles to attend the world premiere of "The Giant Spider."
     
  • Classic Movie Trivia
    Mike Cook (Gustav/Dr. Edwards) uses the skills learned when he was the coordinator of AOL's Trivia Channel to bring you trivia with a classic film theme!
     
  • From the Mihmiverse Test Kitchens
    The first lady of the Mihmiverse, Stephanie Mihm (Rosemary/Ursula), shares her favorite recipes that are sure to satisfy any monster-sized appetite!
If you have any questions, comments or suggestions for other columns, OR if you're interested in writing one, please contact us at info@sainteuphoria.com and let us know what you think!



Journey to the Seventh Planet (1962)
Directed by Sidney W. Pink.
Starring John Agar, Carl Ottosen, Ove Sprogøe, and Ann Smyrner

A crew of United Nations astronauts led by B-movie regular John Agar are dispatched to explore the seventh planet—Uranus! Once there, they're surprised to find a swath of hospitable forest land protected by an unseen energy barrier. Even more astonishing, they also find a fully realized Dutch village. Yes, a Dutch village. The explorers quickly realize that everything is not as it seems when they are unexpectedly surrounded by manifestations of their thoughts—which appear as sexy, scantily-clad women! (What else?) Perturbed by the insanity of it all, the leader of the mission insists on pushing beyond the protective barrier in search of answers. What the crew finds are some rather laughable special effects, really bad stop-motion animation, and a big blob/brain creature that wants to use its "superior intellect" and psychic powers to take over Earth. All things considered, this is not a "good" movie as much as it's so awful it becomes GREAT! From the gonzo, lounge-lizard theme music to the poorly dubbed Danish actors and bargain-basement script by the same guys who wrote the truly abysmal "Reptilicus," I absolutely love this movie. If you're a fan of classic sci-fi but don't need every movie to be on par with "Forbidden Planet," this is DEFINITELY worth seeing!

— Christopher R. Mihm



For this month's Mihmiverse Memories, we've invited super-Mihmivite (and multiple-film contributor) Diane Perrault to give us her impressions of the world premiere of "The Giant Spider." Diane is a long-time fan of the films of Christopher R. Mihm and traveled over 2000 miles from Modesto, CA with her son, Mike Plows, to attend the premiere in Minneapolis.

Here's what she had to say about her experience:



After supporting writer/director Christopher R. Mihm's movies for so many years (since "The Monster of Phantom Lake!"), I anxiously await the box in the mail that holds my copy of each new movie. I have joyously watched each film in the comfort of my own home on my little TV screen, which is nice: no noisy people, no chatter, no one spilling popcorn in my lap—just calm and quiet. The only time I saw a Mihmiverse movie in a theater was a screening of "The Monster of Phantom Lake" at a film festival—which is where I became hooked on these movies!

This year, I finally got to experience the premiere of Mr. Mihm's latest film, "The Giant Spider," in person! To get on a plane and fly across the country to meet my favorite filmmaker... I barely have the words. Writer, producer, director (and much more) Christopher R. Mihm was so much fun and made my son and me feel very special. Everyone we met who was involved in making "The Giant Spider" was so kind, gracious and fun! We even experienced being a part of the Mihmiverse Bonfire Podcast (with an unexpected visit from a TV news reporter, no less).

How does my sweet, little at-home movie watching experience compare with going across the country to The Heights Theater and attend a Mihmiverse premiere? It doesn't! It's a totally different universe—the Mihmiverse!

Excited fans lined up in all manner of dress long before the movie started. While waiting outside, we were "entertained" by a pair of "The Giant Spider" cast members (which was a nice tease of what we would see in the movie). Excitement was just screaming from all over and then... we got to enter the theater. Surrounded by Mihmiverse actors, I excitedly snapped pictures. I placed bids for the silent auction and came away with a signed movie script!

The in-theater experience was incredible. Once again, to be with an audience is amazing, hearing them immediately singing along with the theme song. We laughed together, yelled when appropriate and just had too much fun! After the show, we mingled in the lobby, enjoyed a tasty cupcake decorated with a spider and bought movies, posters, and all kinds of goodies related to "The Giant Spider." THEN, we were able to get all of our swag autographed!

In the end, I had more fun and was treated to so much more than I could have possibly expected. If you live far away, I encourage you, if you can, to come to one of these movie premieres in person. I even managed to attend TWO screenings while I was there! It's obvious the wonderful Mihmiverse crew absolutely love what they do and the audience is devoted to these movies. Writer/director Christopher R. Mihm is incredible and everyone involved is real and down-to-earth. Attending the world premiere of "The Giant Spider" was the coolest experience I have ever had! I hope to do it again!



With eight films out there...here's a test to see who has seen them all and knows "who's who" in the Mihmiverse.

Name the character each Mihmiverse actor did NOT play:

Justen Overlander: Jonathan, Ray, Stan Johnson, George Elliott

Daniel R. Sjerven: Ace Frehley, Howard Johnson, Stan Johnson, Arthur

Shannon McDonough: Julie Ann Saint Marie, Zita Marczak, Stephanie Yates, Dr. Stephanie Hackett

Mike Cook: Sven, Harlan, Gustav, Vincent

Stephanie Mihm: Elizabeth, Rosemary Bennett, Dr. Rutherford, Index

EXTRA CREDIT:
Michael Kaiser: A.D.A.M., Ojjo, Glen Hayes, Deputy Hayes, Michael Kaiser



Scroll to the bottom of the Mihmiverse Monthly for the answers.

— Mike Cook



Nothing says 1950s like a good chicken potpie! But, like most dishes of the 1950s, the classic version tends to be heavy and high in fat and calories. Luckily, I found this great lighter take on the potpie that keeps the luscious deliciousness intact—while allowing you to keep your girlish figure!

Pizza Pasta Salad
Weeknight Chicken Potpie


Ingredients
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • 1-1/2 cups fat-free milk, divided
  • 1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 3/4 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups cubed cooked chicken breast
  • 3 cups frozen chopped broccoli, thawed and drained
  • 1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
  • 1 tube (11.3 ounces) refrigerated dinner rolls
In a large nonstick saucepan, saute onion in oil until tender. Stir in 3/4 cup milk, broth, sage and pepper. In a small bowl, combine flour and remaining milk until smooth; gradually stir into onion mixture. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in the chicken, broccoli and cheese; heat through.

Transfer to a 2-qt. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Separate rolls; arrange over chicken mixture. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until filling is bubbly and rolls are golden brown.

Yield: 8 servings

Serve with a tasty gelatin mold and a nice, cold glass of skim milk! My family of monsters give it a solid four out of four "Monster of Phantom Lake fingers!"

You can find this recipe (and many more like it) and its corresponding nutrition information on the Taste of Home website!
— Stephanie Mihm



Tuesday Nights - 9:00PM

Andy Wilkins (The Medium) hosts a trivia night at the Green Mill in Eagan, Minnesota!

Green Mill, 1940 Rahncliff Road, Eagan, MN
Now through June 9

Leigha Horton (Stephanie Yates) portrays actress and inventor Hedy Lamarr ("The Most Beautiful Woman in the World," part of the "I'm No Einstein" series) at the Science Museum of Minnesota.

Science Museum of Minnesota, 120 West Kellogg Boulevard, St. Paul, MN
June 1 - 8:00PM (rescheduled from May 25)

"The Giant Spider" holds its Las Vegas premiere at the The Sci-Fi Center!

The Sci-Fi Center, 600 East Sahara Avenue, Suite 12, Las Vegas, NV
June 1

Catherine Hansen (Yureena Null/Mary) will be hosting "Tributante Summer Blockbusters Ball," a burlesque/variety show. This show is 18+. Tickets can be purchased at BrownPaperTickets.com.

Bryant Lake Bowl, 810 West Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN
June 8 - 9:00AM–1:00PM

Sid Korpi (Administrator Ripley/Leigh) will be on hand for the 7th Annual Raise the Woof Animal Walk.

Lakefront Park in Hudson, WI
June 8 - 11:30PM

Midnight Monster Movies with Dr. Bob presents the Ohio premiere of "The Giant Spider" at the Grandview Theatre!

The first 10 people in the door will get a free "The Giant Spider" movie poster! The poster is FREE and so is admission!

Grandview Theatre, 1247 Grandview Avenue, Columbus, OH
June 20-30

Billie Jo Konze (Dr. Hackett in "The Giant Spider") appears in "Guys and Dolls" with Rooftop Theatre Company.

Paramount Theater, 913 West St. Germain, Saint Cloud, MN
July 27 - midnight

Catherine Hansen will be playing Janet in the shadow cast for "The Rocky Horror Picture Show."

The Uptown Theatre, 2906 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN


In association with Expressions Community Theater of Lakeville, MN, J. Andrew Wilkins (The Medium/Concessions Worker) will be holding auditions for their August play, "Everybody Loves Opal." The production is also seeking a set builder and stage manager. If interested, please email Mr. Wilkins at andy@andywilkins.net or call 612-293-0173.
Maggie Schultz (Dr. Deering, costume designer for "Destination: Outer Space" and featured extra in "The Giant Spider") has been consistently updating her costuming blog (bymaggie.com) and is currently running a series on how she puts costumes together from the ground up.
Rachel Grubb (Amy/Hagra) appears in the first episode of the second season of "The Joker Blogs," a Batman-inspired fan-created web series.
Check out the latest web commercial from Mr. Zero's below, featuring Dr. Ivan Cryptosis, the official horror host of the Mihmiverse!





"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" and "The Giant Spider" DVDs are now available at SaintEuphoria.com, the online home of the films of Christopher R. Mihm.

In addition, exclusive movie posters, patches, collectibles and other merchandise are now in stock. Everything is available in extremely limited quantities, so get yours today before they run out!



Mihmiverse Movie Trivia answers:
Stan Johnson, Arthur, Stephanie Yates, Sven, Elizabeth, Michael Kaiser

 


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