|| BLAST OFF TO ADVENTURE!
Join us for the world premiere of "Destination: Outer Space" on Tuesday, May 25th, 2010 (6:30 PM) at the Heights Theatre in Columbia Heights, Minnesota!
The event is open to the public and the price of admission is only $5.00 per person. This is your chance to experience the film before the rest of the world, and enjoy a program complete with live Wurlitzer music, hand-picked era-appropriate newsreels, classic trailers, appearances by most (if not all) of the cast and crew, free cake and autographs! Plus, bring your camera and have your photo snapped next to creatures from the film! DVDs, posters and other memorabilia will also be on sale at the event!
Advance tickets to the premiere are AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE at SaintEuphoria.com, the online home of the films of Christopher R. Mihm! Advance tickets cost $7.50* and include admission as well as an individually-numbered collector's ticket! Collector's tickets are only available while our quickly dwindling supplies last!
NOTE: Admission to the event is selling quickly, but we have decided to keep at least a small number of tickets to be made available the day of the event. However, purchasing advance tickets is the ONLY WAY to make absolutely sure you'll get in! With the popularity of this event, it is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that you purchase advance tickets!
The WCCO Mighty Wurlitzer organ will be played live from 6:30 to 7:30, so get there early! Also, don't forget that this IS a big movie premiere! Don't be afraid to dress up in your Mihmiverse, 1950s or glamorous best!
"Destination: Outer Space" is safe for most kids (very-little-to-no questionable language, some violence, drive-in-style monsters, and a few scenes involving consumption of alcohol) but children under seven will most likely be frightened. The film is not rated but if it were, it would easily receive a PG.
"Destination: Outer Space" World Premiere!
May 25, 2010, doors at 6:30 PM, movie at 7:30 PM, $5.00 at the door
The Heights Theatre
3951 Central Avenue NE
Columbia Heights, MN 55421
* The price has been reduced from $10.00 because this year's exclusive gift, a framed and signed piece of the set of the exterior of Captain Jackson's rocket, is sold out!
|| CURRENT NEWS
BIG MONTH! In addition to the world premiere of "Destination: Outer Space," we've got a whole host of additional screenings and events to mention (with more forthcoming)! First, "The Monster of Phantom Lake" will screen on Wednesday, May 26th (7:00pm) at the historic Mounds Theatre in St. Paul, Minnesota as part of a special "premiere week" celebration.
The event will begin with a performance of "Rants of a Mangy Horror Host, No Net Required" starring horror host Dr. Ivan Cryptosis, Curator of the Macabre. In this "one and a half man" show, the good Doctor is joined by his wooden headed antagonist, Professor Varnus Lupescu. This is an unique opportunity to meet the world's funniest mute ventriloquist dummy, as the Professor provokes and prods his way into the mind of the Doctor and the hearts of the audience. Meanwhile, the Doctor is often preoccupied with the voices in his head. Not normal voices, but the voices of over fifty 4th graders, all of whom are fighting to gain his attention and blather about whatever they feel like. "Rants" is a hilarious set of musings about horror, humor, and the art of hosting. Audience members will be left fully clothed yet feeling, well, you just must go to find out. Join in the horrifying fun. No two shows are alike. "The Monster of Phantom Lake" will follow immediately after. The night will also include appearances by Mihmiverse stars past and present, contests for merchandise, and much more. So come down (preferably in costume) and keep your Mihmiverse buzz going, all the while supporting a great St. Paul landmark and the non-profit organization that keeps it alive, Portage for Youth. $5.00 at the door. Open to the public.
Then, just two short days later, "Destination: Outer Space" will continue a five-years-long Mihmiverse tradition by screening as the third film of a triple-feature at eastern Wisconsin's best drive-in, the Hi-way 18 Outdoor Theatre in Jefferson! "Destination: Outer Space" is currently slated to screen alongside "Shrek Forever After" and another as-yet-to-be-determined film. If you've never had the pleasure of watching a Mihmiverse film at a drive-in (where they are truly meant to be seen), this is your chance!
Yes, you are looking at a pair of "Oculon" creatures (from "Destination: Outer Space") in action figure form! Though writer/director Christopher R. Mihm's films pay homage to the 1950s, to any kid growing up in the 1970s and '80s, nothing screams movie memorabilia like action figures -- especially "Star Wars!" Since "Destination: Outer Space" has repeatedly been described as the Mihmiverse's "1950s-B-movie Star Wars," it was only a matter of time before an action figure or two showed up! And yes, these are real -- however, handmade by Mr. Mihm himself. Regardless of their "non-mass-produced-ness," color us impressed!
We've inquired as to whether or not these were simply "personal project one-offs" and were told an emphatic, "no!" Instead, Mr. Mihm has indicated that he has received several inquiries from Mihmiverse collectors looking for rare and unusual merchandise. As an answer to them, these sweet action figures are what he came up with!
Based on a simpler prototype created originally by Josh Craig (of Captain and Professor Jackson fame), these action figures represent the two Oculon "varieties" seen in the forthcoming film. Sold as a set of two, the figures measure 4 and a half and five inches tall respectively, with the "non-firing" Oculon sporting a club accessory. Limited to a VERY SMALL run (less than 25 sets!), each set sells for $19.99 -- and shipping is free! Limited to two (2) sets per order. Buy yours NOW because once they're gone, they will NEVER be available again! Visit the merchandise page at SaintEuphoria.com, the online home of the films of Christopher R. Mihm, to order yours TODAY!
According to Mr. Mihm, these are the first in a line of rare collectibles, each to be made available in EXTREMELY small quantities and sold exclusively through SaintEuphoria.com. We're told that future rare collectibles may include plush versions of the monsters of the Mihmiverse, prop replicas, sculpted refrigerator magnets, and more!
Lastly, in an attempt to get the word out about not only the "Destination: Outer Space" premiere but the Mihmiverse in general, SaintEuphoria.com is now holding a contest to see who can best spread the news!
To play, simply go wherever possible on the internet (or traditional media -- think online event calendars, blogs, newspapers, magazines, movie review websites, classic film sites, etc.) and let the world know about either the premiere, the films of the Mihmiverse, and/or writer/director Christopher R. Mihm (who is always available for interviews).
Once you have a "bite" and something is posted for all to see, send a link to email@example.com. After verification, it'll be collected and tallied toward your "score." The person with the most hits between now and May 25th will win a Mihmiverse prize package containing DVDs of all five films, an autographed "Destination: Outer Space" poster, a MARS-1 patch, a Canoe Corps patch, a set of Oculon action figures, and a special exclusive piece of Mihmiverse history: Stan Johnson's flashlight from "Terror from Beneath the Earth!"
Don't be afraid to think big! Though most large media outlets most likely will NOT be interested, it certainly doesn't hurt to try! Plus, anyone who can land a postive story on a major "geek hub" website (i.e. Ain't it Cool News") will win "store credit" to be put toward anything for sale at SaintEuphoria.com! NOTE: Writer/director Christopher R. Mihm will have sole discretion to decide the exact definition of what constitutes "a positive story on a major 'geek hub' website."
So, start linking and may the best "linker" prevail!
|| CLASSIC MOVIE OF THE MONTH
|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 (you read that correctly: the United Nations) 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 forestland protected by an unseen energy barrier. Even more astonishing, they also find a fully realized Dutch village. (you read that correctly as well: 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! Perturbed by the insanity of it all, the leader of the mission insists on pushing beyond the protective barrier in search of answers. What 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 and believe it's the perfect one to review the same month "Destination: Outer Space" is released. 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
|| MEET THE ASSOCIATE PRODUCERS!
Welcome to the Meet the Associate Producers section of the newsletter! Since so many fans and supporters have contributed and become associate producers, we wanted to take time to highlight some of these wonderful people! Thus, every month we will randomly choose and interview one of them.
This month we interview superfan Evan Kozinski!
Introduce yourself to the Mihmiverse!
I hail from Mukwonago, Wisconsin, and am finishing up my senior year at Mukwonago High School. (Note: Mukwonago, Wisconsin is the location of the ACTUAL Phantom Lake!) I plan to attend UW-Eau Claire this fall with a major in computer sciences. I currently work at iNet-PC in Waukesha, Wisconsin, cleaning the dirty, lifting the heavy, and mending the broken. If lucky, I am sometimes able to build a computer for a customer. In my free time, I enjoy looking at things, playing Killer Bunnies and the Quest for the Magic Carrot, and puns. I am intelligent, athletic, witty, attractive, charismatic, benevolent, and most of all, humble.
When and how did you discover the films of Christopher R. Mihm?
For the last four years, I have been working at Phantom Lake YMCA camp in Mukwonago. One spring day, after I and all the other staff had been working hard to set up camp, a night showing of "The Monster of Phantom Lake" was played in the dining hall on a big white sheet. I was instantly hooked.
Which of the four released films is your favorite and why?
Oh boy... if I HAVE to choose just one film, I'd say it would be "The Monster of Phantom Lake." It was what got me hooked and will always be great. Although I'm probably a little bias towards a movie featuring my hometown!
You contributed to become an associate producer of "Desination: Outer Space." Why?
I have been a "superfan" of the Mihmiverse since its beginnings and wanted to show even more support. I will be handing out DVDs of the upcoming movie to the proud few in my group of friends who hopefully will expand the Mihmiverse. I will be traveling to Minnesota at the tail end of my senior year with three of my other friends to see the premiere of "Destination: Outer Space, and I am looking forward to seeing YOU there!
|| CALENDAR OF EVENTS
|May 21 & 29|
Shannon McDonough (Julie Ann Saint Marie) dances and sings for Ovation: A Tribute to the Music of Prince at various venues across Minnesota.
Check out the group's website at: ovationmusicgroup.com for specific locations, times and ticket information.
|May 25th - 7:00pm|
"Destination: Outer Space" premieres at the Heights Theatre in Columbia Heights, Minnesota! The event is open to the public and the price of admission is $5.00 at the door (if the event does not sell out beforehand). This is your chance to experience the film before the rest of the world, and enjoy a program complete with organ music from the "WCCO Mighty Wurlitzer," era-appropriate newsreels and trailers, appearances by most (if not all) of the cast and crew, and free cake, autographs and photos with characters from the film (so don't forget to bring your camera)! DVDs, posters and other merchandise will also be on sale at the event, and most (if not all) of the cast and crew will be in attendance!
Click here to purchase advance tickets!
The Heights Theatre, 3951 Central Avenue NE, Columbia Heights, MN
|May 26 - 7:00pm|
"The Monster of Phantom Lake" screens at the historic Mounds Theatre in St. Paul, Minnesota as part of a special "premiere week" celebration. The event will be hosted in person by horror host Dr. Ivan Cryptosis (last featured on the "Terror from Beneath the Earth" DVD) and include appearances by Mihmiverse stars past and present, contests for merchandise, and much more. So come down (preferably in costume) and keep your Mihmiverse buzz going, all the while supporting a great St. Paul landmark and the non-profit organization that keeps it alive, Portage for Youth. $5.00 at the door. Open to the public.
Mounds Theatre, 1029 Hudson Road, St. Paul, MN
|May 28-30 - dusk|
Thanks in no small part to the overwhelming generosity of Lee Burgess, owner of eastern Wisconsin's greatest drive-in The Hi-way 18 Outdoor Theatre, "Destination: Outer Space" will continue the five-year-long Mihmiverse tradition by screening over Memorial Day weekend! The movie will screen as the third film of a triple-feature alongside "Shrek Forever After" and another as-yet-to-be-determined film.
The Hi-way 18 Outdoor Theatre, corner of Highway 18 & 89, Jefferson, WI
|June 2, 3, 9, 10, 29 & 30 - 7:00pm (or 9:30pm)|
Catherine Hansen (Yureena Null) appears as Kelly in the "Saved by the Bell Show" at the Bryant Lake Bowl.
Bryant Lake Bowl, 810 West Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN
Sid Korpi (Eh'donish Woman) will be playing Mrs. Ellen Banks in the Lyric Arts production of "Father of the Bride."
Lyric Arts Main Street Stage, 420 East Main Street, Anoka, MN
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