Another year, another VERY SUCCESSFUL Mihmiverse premiere! The "The Late Night Double Feature" pre-party and world premiere were truly LEGENDARY and will most likely go down as such in Mihmiverse history!
The lucky few who were able to snag tickets to the first-ever premiere pre-party (the "Night Before the Thing") were treated to a dinner of Uncle John's Burger Dogs served by the fine folks from the House of Hunger food truck, an interactive recording of an episode of "Commander Lambent: Space Explorer...IN SPACE!," a live taping of the Mihmiverse Bonfire Podcast, birthday cake, the first-ever public performance of a scene from the currently-in-development "The Monster of Phantom Lake" stage musical and music by Shannon McDonough (Zita Marczak/Julie Ann Saint Marie) and Elvis impersonator extraordinare Anthony Shore! With many familiar Mihmiverse faces in attendance, fans were able to rub elbows with the folks behind the films and enjoy a night of unique entertainment!
As for the "main event," the world premiere of "The Late Night Double Feature" was VERY well attended by an extremely enthusiastic audience that laughed, cried and gasped in all the right places! Attendees capped off the night with a fabulous cupcake from Red Velvet Mel's and autographs from the myriad of Mihmiverse personalities sprinkled throughout the crowd. Needless to say, if you weren't there, you really missed something special! Check out the photos below for proof!
Photos, from left to right, top to bottom: Folks start lining up outside the theater far in advance of the doors opening, a thoroughly picked-over display of cupcakes, super-fans Mike Plows, Diane Perrault, Janet Stiles and Mitch Obrecht eagerly await the latest Mihmiverse film, Dr. Bob Tesla (of Midnight Monster Movies with Dr. Bob), the title creature from "X: The Fiend From Beyond Space" and writer/director Christopher R. Mihm pose for an oddly forlorn photo, Daniel R. Sjerven (Captain Frehley), Kira Pontiff (Paddle Girl Recruit), Mark Haider (Phillips) and Maggie Schultz (Dr. Deering) pose for the camera!
This all region, NTSC DVD contains an ultra-high-quality, widescreen 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, a film introductions by horror host Dr. Ivan Cryptosis, director's audio commentary, behind-the-scenes audio commentary with writer/director Christopher R. Mihm, Stephanie Mihm, James Norgard, Mitch Gonzales, Mark Haider, and Cherie "Rhuby" Gallinati, and more!
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If you missed out on the amazing world premiere of "The Late Night Double Feature" but still want to see the film in a theater (where it absolutely deserves to be seen!), here are some other ways you can see the newest Mihmiverse film this month...
...and MANY MORE!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
DON'T FORGET! You only have until Monday, May 5th to vote!
"The Giant Spider" has been nominated for 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. Every Rondo nominee is being recognized for a significant achievement in the genre during the year of 2013. Voting is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC and is done through email. To vote, visit the following website:
Next, copy the ballot, paste it into an email, pick your choices ("The Giant Spider" is in section nine of the ballot under Best Independent Film), and send it along with your name to email@example.com.
That's it! AND, don't forget to pass this information on to EVERYONE YOU KNOW! We need as many people as humanly possible to make this happen!
This is the fourth Mihmiverse film to be nominated for this prestigious award after "Terror from Beneath the Earth," "Attack of the Moon Zombies" and "House of Ghosts." Of the previous Mihmiverse nominees, "House of Ghosts" was the only winner!
The latest episode of the Mihmiverse Bonfire Podcast is now available for download!
The arctic freeze has finally come to an end in the great state of Minnesota, thus allowing the Mihmiverse Bonfire Podcast crew to finally light up the pit!
In honor of "The Late Night Double Feature" world premiere, hosts Rhuby 'n' Hater, writer/director Christopher R. Mihm and the first lady of the Mihmiverse, Stephanie Mihm, gather around the roaring fire and read the nominees for the third annual Mihmiverse Awards (known colloquially as the "Versies"), the winners of which were revealed at "The Night Before The Thing," the first-ever Mihmiverse premiere pre-party!
As you would expect, much fun was had, many swear words were spoken, someone said something questionable and master Mihmiverse monster-maker Mitch Gonzales was razzed (again)!
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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!
- 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!
- The Trivia Corner
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 Mihmiverse twist!
The Late Night Double Feature (2014)
Directed by Christopher R. Mihm
Starring Stephanie Mihm, Cherie "Rhuby" Gallinati, Doug Sidney, Mike Cook and James Norgard
Twin Cities film director Christopher R. Mihm celebrated the premiere of his ninth film last night (Sat., April 26, 2014) at the Heights Theater (40th & Central NE). These events draw a loyal crowd of hard-core Mihm-fans of all ages to see these classics-in-the-making. For the older fans in attendance, these films are a doorway into the pastto the old days of low-budget "cheesy" films that didn't often make it into the first run theaters. For the younger attendees, it's a chance to see something special that doesn't rely on overpaid superstars and myriad CGI implementation. For all attendees, it's a gathering of people who seek an enjoyable evening with like-minded film buffs.
"X: The Fiend From Beyond Space" opens the program featuring Stephanie Mihm as one of the crew of the Endeavor. The computer awakens the crew from LD-sleep when they discover that the captain has brought an alien life form aboard the ship. The initial thought was that the creature was dead but in fact it was not. Life takes a severe left turn as the crew disappears one-by-one.
Mrs. Mihm delivers some bitingly funny one-liners with the straightest face ever despite the thought that filming them had to be even funnier. At one point, she describes the creature by saying "he wears pants so he must be intelligent." It is this sort of engaging reasoning that made this her best performance to date. Her understanding of this genre contributes to Mihm's ability to film with such precise accuracy in his homage to these films.
"The Wall People" is even funnier in its telling the story of scientist Barney Collins (Douglas Sydney) who becomes a single dad only to have his young son disappear inexplicably. After eight years, he resurfaces with the wild theory that his son was stolen by some unknown entity living in an inter-dimensional world on the other side of the bedroom walls.
Drawn into assisting Collins are two of his friends played by Mike Cook and James Norgard. They reluctantly help Collins operate a bizarre device that enables him to travel between dimensions. Their campy performances are hilarious as they try to understand Collins' theory and they do come to believe himvery reluctantly. It's situational humor at its very best, again delivered with straight faces that couldn't have been easy to maintain.
This pairing of films is definitely Mihm's best work to date leading one to believe that his upcoming tenth effort will be even better. It's the hope of all the hard-cores that he never tires of exploring this art form. There can never be enough excellent cheesy films and these annual gatherings are a welcome way to greet spring. All of his hard work is greatly appreciated by those of us who enjoy that link to our own past.
Darrell Moen, Minneapolis Movies Examiner
It's almost Mother's Day so I've chosen perfect sweet treat to add to your Mother's Day brunch menu!
Cinnamon Sugar Pull-Apart Bread
For the Dough:
For the Filling:
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 1/4 teaspoons (1 envelope) active dry yeast
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 ounces unsalted butter
- 1/3 cup whole milk
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 large eggs, at room temperature
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
To activate yeast, whisk yeast into 3 tablespoons of warm water. The water should be between 105 and 115 degrees F. Add a pinch of granulated sugar and allow the mixture to sit for about 5 minutes, until the mixture is foamy and frothy.
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg
- 2 ounces unsalted butter, melted until browned
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together 2 cups flour, sugar, yeast, and salt. Set aside.
Whisk together eggs and set aside.
In a small saucepan, melt together milk and butter until butter has just melted. Remove from the heat and add water and vanilla extract. Let mixture stand for a minute or two, or until the mixture registers 115 to 125 degrees F.
Pour the milk mixture into the dry ingredients and mix with a spatula. Add the eggs and stir the mixture until the eggs are incorporated into the batter.
Add the remaining 3/4 cup of flour and stir with the spatula for about 2 minutes. The mixture will be sticky.
Place the dough is a large, greased bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and a clean kitchen towel. Place in a warm space and allow to rest until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
While the dough rises, whisk together the sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg for the filling. Set aside.
Melt 2 ounces of butter until browned. Set aside.
Grease and flour a 9x5x3-inch loaf pan. Set aside.
Deflate the risen dough and knead about 2 tablespoons of flour into the dough. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and let rest for 5 minutes.
On a lightly floured work surface, use a rolling pin to roll the dough out. The dough should be 12-inches tall and about 20-inches long.
Use a pastry brush to spread melted butter across all of the dough. Sprinkle with all of the sugar and cinnamon mixture.
Slice the dough vertically, into six equal-sized strips. Stack the strips on top of one another and slice the stack into six equal slices once again. You'll have six stacks of six squares.
Layer the dough squares in the loaf pan like a flip-book. Place a kitchen towel over the loaf pan and allow in a warm place for 30 to 45 minutes or until almost doubled in size.
Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Place loaf in the oven and bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until the top is very golden brown. The top may be lightly browned, but the center may still be raw. A nice, dark, golden brown will ensure that the center is cooked as well.
Remove from the oven and allow to rest for 20 to 30 minutes. Run a butter knife around the edges of the pan to loosen the bread and invert onto a clean board. Place a cake stand or cake plate on top of the upside down loaf, and carefully invert so it's right side up.
For the Glaze:
Thoroughly mix glaze ingredients together and drizzle over warm bread.
- 1 cup confectioners sugar
- 6 1/2 tsp. half and half cream
- 4 1/2 tsp. butter softened
- 1/4 tsp. vanilla
- 1/4 tsp. almond extract
Yield: one 9x5x3-inch loaf
ENJOY this tasty sweet treat. My family of monsters rated this dish 5 out of 5 "alien absorptions." (See "The Late Night Double Feature" to figure out what I'm talking about!)
Spell It Out!
The first letter of each film below spells out a word that is near and dear to our hearts.
Name the films, get the answer!
1. (1953) A mad scientist creates giant spiders at his lab in Mexico in an effort to create a master race of superwomen by injecting his female subjects with spider venom.
2. (1955) A giant octopus terrorizes the California coast.
3. (1959) A millionaire offers ten thousand dollars to five people who agree to be locked in a large spooky house overnight.
4. (1957) Giant Wasps! In Africa!
5. (1955) A well meaning scientist guides an alien monster to Earth from Venus, so he can rid mankind of feelings and emotions. Death and sorrow ensue.
6. (1957) A wealthy industrialist hires a renowned hoax-buster to prove that an island he plans to develop isn't cursed. Instead, he finds man-eating plants and natives with bizarre powers.
7. (1956) Extra-terrestrials flying in high-tech flying saucers plan to enslave the inhabitants of Earth.
8. (1950) Lloyd Bridges on Mars!
9. (1958) A space probe returns to Earth covered with a mysterious fungus, which, when accidentally mixed with human blood, transforms into an ever-growing pile of space rust.
10. (1966) David Niven. French Vineyards. Pagan Rituals. Vintage Horror. (See what I did there?)
Scroll to the bottom of the Mihmiverse Monthly for the answers.
Representatives of the Mihmiverse (Rachel Grubb, Cherie "Rhuby" Gallinati, Shannon McDonough and Tori Fox are confirmed) will be selling merchandise at StarFest in Denver! The weekend's events will include screenings of "The Giant Spider" and "The Late Night Double Feature!"
Check out the StarFest website for more information!
Writer/director Christopher R. Mihm, Mark Haider (General Castle) and monster maker Mitch Gonzales will be representing the Mihmiverse at Texas Frightmare Weekend in Dallas, TX! Stop by their table in the dealer's room, say hello and pick up a signed copy of the latest film, "The Late Night Double Feature"or an entire set of all nine films! ALSO, all VIP ticket holders will receive a free Mihmiverse sampler DVD in their VIP swag bags!
Check out the Texas Frightmare Weekend website for more information!
|May 8 - 7:00PM|
Come and enjoy a free screening of "The Late Night Double Feature" with writer/director Christopher R. Mihm and "X: The Fiend from Beyond Space" star (and Mihmiverse rookie) Shane Donahue at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Special Q&A session will follow the film. Sponsored by Focus on U.
University of Wisconsin-River Falls, University Center, 500 Wild Rose Avenue, River Falls, WI
|May 10 - 11:30PM|
Midnight Monster Movies with Dr. Bob holds the Ohio premiere of "The Late Night Double Feature!" This event is free AND the first ten people in the door get a free poster!
Gateway Film Center, 1550 North High Street, Columbus, OH
Writer/director Christopher R. Mihm will be presenting a special screening of "The Giant Spider" at Horror-O-Rama!
Best Place @ The Historic Pabst Brewery, 901 West Juneau Avenue, Milwaukee, WI
"The Giant Spider" has been accepted to and will screen at the Famous Monsters of Filmland Film Festival being held in conjunction with Big Wow! ComicFest in San Jose, CA!
San Jose Convention Center, 150 West San Carlos Street, San Jose, CA
|May 23-25 - dusk|
"The Late Night Double Feature" 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.
Corner of Highway 18 & 89, Jefferson, WI
Writer/director Christopher R. Mihm will be a featured guest at Crypticon Seattle, a convention celebrating the Pacific Northwest's darker sidethree days of your favorite actors, authors, and artists, along with tons of new people and things you never knew existed!
The Hilton, 17620 International Boulevard, Seattle, WA
|May 30-June 1|
Come visit the Mihmiverse vendor's table and meet writer/director Christopher R. Mihm at Cleveland CONcoction, sci-fi, gaming, comics and more!
Sheraton Cleveland Airport Hotel, 5300 Riverside Drive, Cleveland, OH
|June 13, 2014 - 6:00PM|
"The Giant Spider" and "The Late Night Double Feature" have their Australian premieres (together in one night!) at the Skyline Drive-in Blacktown. The event will be hosted by horror host Nigel Honeybone, and all profits will go to Westmead Children's Hospital!
Cricketers Arms Road, Blacktown, New South Wales, Australia 2148
|Mike Cook (Dr. Edwards) will be directing Neil Simon's "Lost in Yonkers" for the Menomonie Theatre Guild through May 4th at the historic Mabel Tainter Theatre in Menomonie, WI, just named one of the 15 most spectacular theatres in the world by CNN Travel!|
|Please join us on Monday, May 5th to support Daniel R. Sjerven (Captain Frehley/Howard Johnson) as he prepares for the MS-150 bike race. To participate, simply visit QuickFire Pizza anytime on Monday the 5th. 10% of all sales will be donated directly to this cause.|
QuickFire Pizza is located at 116 South Main Street, Stillwater, MN 55082.
To learn more about MS (Multiple Sclerosis), please visit the National MS Society's website.
|On May 10th, Shannon McDonough (Zita Marczak/Julie Ann Saint Marie) will be performing with Elvis impersonator Anthony Shore at the Parkway Theater in Minneapolis, MN. Ms. McDonough and Mr. Shore will also be performing on May 30th at Hollywood On Main in Montevideo, MN.|
|Leigha Horton (Stephanie Yates) has been spending the winter in Los Angeles and is quite in demand for her voiceover skills! Most notably, Ms. Horton was the voice of Amy Adams in "American Hustle," replacing all her naughty words for the airplane and TV versions. In addition, she voiced many social-networking promo spots that air on the Major League Baseball Network and multiple radio and TV commercials for several casinos under the Ameristar umbrella. New blog posts about her adventures in the voiceover trade will be coming soon to her new website: leighahorton.com!|
"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" and "The Late Night Double Feature" 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!
The Trivia Corner answers:
1. "Mesa of Lost Women," 2. "It Came From Beneath the Sea," 3. "House on Haunted Hill," 4. "Monster From Green Hell," 5. "It Conquered the World," 6. "Voodoo Island," 7. "Earth vs. the Flying Saucers," 8. "Rocketship X-M," 9. "Space Master X-7," 10. "Eye of the Devil"
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