In roughly three weeks from the publication of this newsletter, "The Giant Spider," the latest (and by far BEST) Mihmiverse film will hold its big world premiere at the Heights Theatre to a capacity crowd of eager and excited Mihmivites!
Those lucky enough to have nabbed a ticket (the event sold out in a Mihmiverse-record 17 days!) can expect a program complete with hand-picked, era-appropriate newsreels, classic trailers, appearances by most (if not all) of the cast and crew, free cake, a silent auction and organ music from the "WCCO Mighty Wurlitzer!" DVDs, posters, lobby cards and other merchandise will also be on sale!
Collectors tickets for the big event were mailed out during the closing hours of April and, if they haven't already, should be arriving VERY SOON! Remember, to be admitted into the world premiere of "The Giant Spider," all ticket holders MUST present their ticket(s) to be stamped at the door. Those without an individually numbered ticket will be denied entry. There will be NO GUEST LIST at the door. PayPal receipts WILL NOT be accepted as an alternativeONLY those with physical tickets will be allowed in!
NOTE: If you ordered tickets (or are an associate producer entitled to tickets) but have NOT received them by Friday, May 10th, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll do our best to make sure you get the tickets you're owed!
If you were unable to get tickets to the sold out world premiere but still want to see "The Giant Spider" in a theater (and are in the Twin Cities metro area), you're in luck!
We'll be holding a special "premiere overflow" screening (the day AFTER the premiere) at the Trylon Microcinema. Located in the heart of Minneapolis, the Trylon is a small, intimate theater that specializes in screenings of classic and independent films.
Advance tickets are still available (but we can't guarantee for much longer!) and can be purchased RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW! Much like tickets to the world premiere, overflow tickets are NOT going to last. If you are even remotely interested in attending, we HIGHLY recommend getting tickets as soon as humanly possible! The Trylon Microcinema only seats 50 people; by comparison, the Heights Theatre (where the world premiere is being held) holds 400 and sold out in 17 days!
DVDs and other merchandise will also be on sale at the event. Doors will open at 6:30PM, the movie will begin at 7:00, and a Q&A will follow immediately after (time permitting). AS AN ADDED BONUS, all attendees will receive an exclusive, super-secret collectible gift!
Check out the official trailer below!
If you weren't lucky enough to snag tickets to the premiere of "The Giant Spider," here are some other ways you can see the newest Mihmiverse film:
- At the "premiere overflow" screening at the Trylon. (May 23)
Seriously, we can't stress enough how important it is to get advance tickets
to this event!
- At the drive-inthe way all Mihm films were meant to be seen. (May 24-26)
- In Las Vegas! (May 25)
- At Midnight Monster Movies with Dr. Bob! (June 8)
It's the Ohio premiere of "The Giant Spider
! The first 10 people in the door will get a free "The Giant Spider
" movie poster! The poster is FREE
and so is admission!
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 email@example.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!
April turned out to be a HUGE month for Mihmiverse news!
Writer/director Christopher R. Mihm continued his April Fools tradition with yet another prank about which film he'd make next. Mr. Mihm claimed to be working on a sci-fi film about a group of clones (with a homicidal one thrown in the mix) on a far-flung space station. Also, according to Mr. Mihm, every role in the film would be played by the director himself!
Reportedly titled, "The Maniac," Mr. Mihm kept the joke going for four days, even going so far as to make it possible to "contribute" to the film. However, the "punchline" was revealed to those who tried and they were informed that the REAL title of the next Mihmiverse film would be revealed very soonand it was!
On April 4th, the title for the next film was officially announced: "The Late Night Double Feature," a double-bill of 1950s-style B-movies consisting of "Reform School Girls vs. The Space Monster" and "The Wall People!"
Check out the synopses below!
"Reform School Girls vs. The Space Monster"
You can now directly contribute to "The Late Night Double Feature" and get your name (or your loved one, pet, company, etc.) added to the end credits of the next Mihmiverse film. ALSO, all contributors are guaranteed a ticket to the world premiere of that film. SO, if you're someone who desperately wanted to go to this year's Mihmiverse premiere but was unable to, this is a way to solidify your seat at next year's event!
While on a "therapeutic" camping trip, the four most-difficult students at the Phantom Lake Reform School for Challenging Young Women find themselves fighting for their lives (and the fate of planet Earth) when they come face-to-face with a horrific creature from outer space!
"The Wall People"
Following the death of his wife, scientist Barney Collins finds solace in his new role as a single dad to his only son. However, when the boy disappears from his bed under mysterious circumstances, Barney loses his grip on reality and becomes a shut in. Eight years later, he resurfaces with a wild theory: his son has been taken by an evil entity that steals sleeping children through interdimensional portals in their bedroom walls! He enlists the help of his old colleagues to potentially save his son from the clutches of this inhuman threator prove he is certifiably insane!
Following the runaway success of the recent release of "The Giant Spider" lobby cards, another Mihmiverse film has received the lobby card treatment: "Attack of the Moon Zombies!"
This new set of lobby cards was designed by writer/director Christopher R. Mihm and is available (only) as a set of eight 8.5" x 11" cards. Each card depicts a different scene from the film and are hand-colorized and stylistically "weathered" to look extra retro!
"House of Ghosts" has won a Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Award!
Since 2002, the Rondos have been fandom's only true classic horror award. They are decided by fans, for fans. For 2012, every Rondo nominee was being recognized for a significant achievement in the genre. Voting was open to the public and, they collectively decided that writer/director Christopher R. Mihm's tribute to the films of William Castle deserved to win the award for Best Independent Feature!
After "Terror from Beneath the Earth" and "Attack of the Moon Zombies," "House of Ghosts" was the third Mihmiverse film to be nominated for a Rondo but the first to win! Congratulations to the cast and crew of the film AND a "Giant Spider"-sized thank you to everyone who voted to make this happen!
The latest episode of the Mihmiverse Bonfire Podcast is now available for download!
This month, the podcast returns... to the basement. As an unusually LONG winter rages outside, hosts Rhuby 'n' Hater, perma-guest writer/director Christopher R. Mihm, Mitch "The Rain Bringer" Gonzales, podcast mascot Tori Fox and candle tender Kira Pontiff find themselves stuck undergroundAGAIN. Luckily, this month's guest, Mike Mason, makes it more than tolerable! Mr. Mason is best known as Lobo from the first Mihmiverse film, "The Monster of Phantom Lake," and as Dr. Frasier in "It Came From Another World!"
Also included: the latest episode of "Commander Lambent: Space Explorer...In Space!," a "classic bad poem" from writer/director Christopher R. Mihm's childhood and the latest edition of "Who's Googlin' Who?," wherein writer/director Christopher R. Mihm reads some of the more "interesting" search terms used by people trying to find his website!
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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:
If you have any questions, comments or suggestions for other columns, OR if you're interested in writing one, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know what you think! In the meantime, enjoy the new-and-improved Mihmiverse Monthly!
- 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!
- Mihmiverse Memories
In this new column, we'll be sharing some of the fun and funny stories behind the making and/or promotion of the Mihmiverse films.
- 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!
Monster from Green Hell (1958)
Directed by Kenneth G. Crane
Starring Jim Davis and Robert Griffin
A rocket is sent into space containing various scientific experiments, one including a swarm of wasps. After the rocket crash lands in the jungles of Africa, it is revealed the killer insects were zapped by a gargantuan amount of cosmic radiation that mutates them into humungous, human-flesh-eating machines! They unceremoniously make their way across the continent, devouring everything in their path. A group of scientists is sent to investigate (of course) and is forced to deal with the giant bugs before they destroy the entire world! This film is definitely "bottom-of-the-barrel" 1950s fare. The direction, actors' performances and special effects are atrocious to the point of AWESOMENESS! The wasps emit a not-so-threatening buzzing noise that's used ad nauseum in the hopes of scaring the audience, but it just comes off as laughable. The ending is so anti-climactic and so abrupt, it makes you wince! If you like your movies "so bad they're good," "Monster from Green Hell" is definitely one for you! OR, if you want to see something that, by comparison, will make "The Giant Spider" look like the "Citizen Kane" of giant-rampaging-bug movies, then you should DEFINITELY see "Monster from Green Hell" before the world premiere of writer/director Christopher R. Mihm's next film!
Christopher R. Mihm
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 between now and the release of "The Giant Spider," we will randomly choose and interview one of them.
This month, we interview Brent Hilgart (who also appears as an extra in the film)!
Introduce yourself to the Mihmiverse!
I'm a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma, zipped up in a hoodie. I love bad sci-fi, good burgers, roadside attractions, and dinosaurs. I'm a high-functioning introvert with a weakness for geeky redheads. I spend my winters curled up with a good book, and my summers on the road in search of mayhem and high adventure. In my spare time, I pay the bills designing supercomputers for IBM in Rochester, MN. Hi. I'm Brent Hilgart, and my entire life is loosely based on actual events.
When and how did you discover the films of Christopher R. Mihm?
Flash back to 2011. It was a lazy October afternoon in Fargo, North Dakota, and I wanted a sandwich. What I found was Chris and his troupe of miscreants manning a table in the dealers' room at Valleycon. I was on my third or fourth lap, killing some time before dinner and the inevitable festivities to follow, when something black and white and ridiculous caught my eye on the screen of a portable DVD player. I slowed to make sense of what I was seeing, and Miscreant #1 pounced on my momentary hesitation to make her pitch. Proudly clutching a copy of "Moon Zombies," she declared, "Buy this. Watch it tonight. If you don't like it, I'll buy it back tomorrow." Uh huh, I thought skeptically, for I am stubborn and crotchety, and not so easily separated from my ten dollars. Then Shannon McDonough arrived, and all the money fell right out of my pockets. I've been smitten with the 'verse ever since. Chris's movies are pretty okay, too.
Which of the seven released films is your favorite and why?
It's gotta be "Moon Zombies." I love creature movies. I love space movies. "Attack of the Moon Zombies" is both. It's an all-out space-plant zombie attack.
Why did you become an associate producer of "The Giant Spider?"
Women. I did it for the women.
Interested in contributing
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will get their name listed in the end credits of "The Late Night Double Feature
," a collector's ticket to the premiere, a copy of the film on DVD, and a frame-able certificate certifying your participation in the programperfect for your own "wall of fame!"
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Theme: In honor of the premiere of "The Giant Spider," name the "spider film."
#1: This 1955 film about a giant spider featured Clint Eastwood in a cameo role as a fighter pilot.
#2: Teenagers and their science teacher battle a giant arachnid that attacks their town after being exposed to DDT and "the rock and roll" in this 1958 film.
#3: James Bond was shaken (but not stirred) by a tarantula in this 1962 film.
#4: Giant spiders attack Wisconsin (near Phantom Lake?) in this 1975 film that stars Alan Hale, Jr. (The Skipper), among others.
#5: This 1977 film featured William Shatner versus thousands of tarantulas.
#6: This 1967 Brazilian film featured a scene with hundreds of tarantulas crawling over a roomful of beautiful sleeping women...thanks to a character called "Coffin Joe."
Scroll to the bottom of the Mihmiverse Monthly for the answers.
Every month in Mihmiverse Memories, you'll read about some of the fun and funny stories behind the making and promotion of the Mihmiverse films. This month, we're treated to a fun story from Sid Korpi (Administrator Ripley/Leigh)!
Sometimes, NO ONE is Paying Attention!
One night when we were filming "House of Ghosts" up in our bedroom, we were doing some preliminary blocking and rehearsal for a scene featuring the ghost/zombie-beleaguered Mike Cook (Harlan) and otherworldly Justen Overlander (Ray). Things were going swimmingly during the run-throughs, so writer/director Christopher R. Mihm just began filming while they were on a roll. There were five or six of us in the room watching the proceedings. About three takes into the scene, Catherine Hansen (Mary) made an invaluable observation when she said something like, "Where's his wig?"
Sure enough, Mr. Cook had been filmed in all his glorious non-"rug"-gedness and NONE of us had even noticed! Imagine the embarrassing lack of continuity if those takes had made it into the film. Now you see his toupee, now you don't!
Having a Spring barbeque and want a tasty side dish with fewer calories, but just as flavorful as the "full calorie" version? Then this Oven Baked Macaroni and Cheese recipe is for you! What monster would turn down such a tasty treat? It's cheesy, gooey and oh-so-yummy!
Oven Baked Macaroni and Cheese
Cook pasta according to package directions.
- 16 ounces uncooked macaroni
- 3 12 ounce cans of 2% low-fat evaporated milk
- 1 teaspoon ground mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoon salt (divided)
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 4 cups reduced fat sharp cheddar
- 1 cup panko bread crumbs
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
In a large pot, combine evaporated milk, mustard, garlic powder, one teaspoon salt and cayenne and bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer.
Combine 1/4 cup water and corstarch. Add to pot.
Simmer and whisk continuously until sauce starts to thicken (roughly five minutes). Remove from heat.
While the mixture is still hot, add shredded cheddar and whisk until melted.
Add cooked macaroni to cheese sauce before transferring to a 13"x9" baking dish.
Combine panko, 1/2 teaspoon salt, pepper and melted butter in a small bowl. Sprinkle mixture over macaroni.
Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until bread crumb mixture is brown and the cheese sauce is bubbling around the edges.
Yield: 12 servings
This recipe is so good, even my little monsters who don't care for this American classic went back for seconds! Serve with your favorite grilled meat (or vegetarian substitution if you're so inclined) and a lovely side salad. A solid 8 out of 8 "hairy spider legs!"
|Now through May 19|
Ware Carlton-Ford (Joe in "The Giant Spider") appears in "Treasure Island".
Theatre in the Round, 245 Cedar Avenue, Minneapolis, MN
|Now through June 9|
Leigha Horton (Stephanie Yates) is currently portraying 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
The official horror host of the Mihmiverse, Dr. Ivan Cryptosis, will be appearing at Horror-o-Rama. Dr. Cryptosis will meet and greet fans and host "Dr. C's Quagmire Quiz" and "Dead or Undead." He'll also be selling the films of writer/director Christopher R. Mihm!
Historic Plankinton Building, 161 West Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI
Stop by the Mihmiverse table at CoreCon, the premiere sci-fi/fantasy/horror/anime convention in the Fargo-Moorhead area!
Chat with Tori Fox (Eleanor in "The Giant Spider" and frequent Mihmiverse Bonfire Podcast contributor), buy DVDs and posters, and/or become a contributor for "The Late Night Double Feature!"
Days Inn, 600 30th Avenue South, Moorhead, MN
|May 6-7 - 8:00PM, May 9-11 - 10:00PM|
Catherine Hansen (Yureena Null/Mary) appears in "The Saved by the Bell Show."
Bryant Lake Bowl, 810 West Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN
|May 18 - 10:00AM4:00PM|
Dr. Ivan Cryptosis will be at the Hartford Auto Show to meet and greet fans, host "Dr. C's Quagmire Quiz" and "Dead or Undead" and hawk the films of writer/director Christopher R. Mihm as well as Cryptosis swag!
Downtown Hartford, WI
|May 19 - 9:00AM3:00PM|
Dr. Ivan Cryptosis will be emceeing the Armed Forces Day Vintage Car Show. The films of writer/director Christopher R. Mihm and Cryptosis swag will also be available!
Camp Douglas, WI
|May 22 - doors at 6:30PM, movie at 7:30PM|
"The Giant Spider" holds its world premiere at the historic Heights Theatre!
Be one of the first to see writer/director Christopher R. Mihm's BIGGEST film yet!
Enjoy a program complete with hand-picked, era-appropriate newsreels, classic trailers, appearances by most (if not all) of the cast and crew, free cake, autographs, a silent auction, and organ music from the "WCCO Mighty Wurlitzer!" DVDs, posters and other merchandise will also be on sale!
The Heights Theatre, 3951 Central Avenue NE, Columbia Heights, MN
Leigha Horton (Stephanie Yates) will participate in a public reading of a new work, "Much Louder Than This," as part of Loudmouth Collective's new "Drink This Play" series.
Open Eye Theatre, 506 East 24th Street, Minneapolis, MN
|May 23 - doors at 6:30PM, movie at 7:00PM|
Writer/director Christopher R. Mihm presents a special "premiere overflow" screening of "The Giant Spider" at the Trylon Microcinema. The night will conclude with a Q&A (time permitting). DVDs and other merchandise will be on sale at this event.
All attendees will receive an exclusive, super-secret collectible gift!
Advance tickets are now available (and selling fast)!
Trylon Microcinema, 3258 Minnehaha Avenue, Minneapolis, MN
|May 24-26 - dusk|
"The Giant Spider" will continue a years-long Mihmiverse tradition by screening over Memorial Day weekend at the Hi-way 18 Outdoor Theatre in Jefferson, Wisconsin! The movie will screen as the third film of a triple-feature alongside "Star Trek: Into Darkness" and "G.I. Joe: Retaliation!" Writer/director Christopher R. Mihm and Dr. Ivan Cryptosis, the official horror host of the Mihmiverse, will be on hand to meet and greet fans and sell DVDs, posters and lobby cards!
Corner of Highway 18 & 89, Jefferson, WI
"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
|May 25 - 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
Catherine Hansen (Yureena Null/Mary) will be hosting "Tributante Summer Blockbusters Ball," a burlesque/variety show.
Bryant Lake Bowl, 810 West Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN
|June 8 - 9:00AM1:00PM|
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
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
|Deanne McDonald (Elizabeth) is now an artistic associate with the 20% Theater Company Chicago and, as part of her responsibilities, has created a series of promotional videos, beginning with a trailer for their production of "Girlfriend," now playing through May 18th.|
There are five more videos she created that are being released throughout the play's run, so you can subscribe to their YouTube channel, check the company's Facebook page and/or follow them on Twitter to see them as they are posted.
Deanne also recently filmed scenes for "Over the Edge," a short film from Totally Free Productions, that currently seeking contributions through crowd-funding site IndieGoGo!
|Check out the official website of Aaron Courteau, an actor making his Mihmiverse debut as The Major in "The Giant Spider!"|
|You can now watch Rachel Grubb's (Amy/Hagra) feature-length directorial debut "Why am I in a Box?" in its entirety on YouTube. The film also features her "Cave Women on Mars" co-star Brooke Lemke (Eina)!|
|Justen Overlander (Ray/Sheriff Elliott) has completed a rough cut of "The Bequeather", his "Young Frankenstein" / "Airplane" / Mihmiverse inspired comedy. He hopes to hold a private screening (invite only) this summer or fall. To be first in line to hear about the screening, be sure to 'like' Kenzie Productions on Facebook. Rumor has it, the first official trailer for "The Bequeather" will be shown before the premiere of "The Giant Spider!"|
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"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," and "House of Ghosts" 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!
Classic Movie Trivia answers:
1. "Tarantula," 2. "Earth vs. The Spider," 3. "Dr. No," 4. "The Giant Spider Invasion," 5. "Kingdom of the Spiders," 6. "This Night I Will Possess Your Corpse"
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