|| CURRENT NEWS
October has come to a close and with it, so has the busiest Mihmiverse "screening season" in recent memory!
The month began with a pair of very successful (and fun-as-heck) triple-features at the Stardust Drive-in Movie Theater, where people came from all over the great state of Wisconsin (and bordering states) to see the monsters of the Mihmiverse 60 feet high in the crisp, outdoor air.
A couple of weeks later, a five-year-long tradition continued with the debut of "Destination: Outer Space" at the annual Jack-o-Lantern Jaunt in Mukwonago, Wisconsin, home of the real Phantom Lake. Jaunt-goers were treated to a weekend of amazingly comfortable weather (truly a first for this often freezing, mid-October event) and rollicking retro outer space adventure! This same weekend, "Destination: Outer Space" also screened to a highly receptive audience at the Fargo Fantastic Film Festival.
The month concluded with what had to be one of the BEST Mihmiverse events EVER held: the Super Mihmiverse Marathon at the Grand Little Theatre in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Hosted by the Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild, this event was the first time ever that all five of writer/director Christopher R. Mihm's films were publicly screened in "in-universe" chronological order. Almost every member of the dedicated crowd of superfans stuck around through all five films (plus the special "Attack of the Moon Zombies" sneak preview) and even shared a truly amazing cheeseburger with writer/director Christopher R. Mihm and other stars of the Mihmiverse at the Court N' House Bar and Grill, located nearly across the street from the theater. Attendees came from as far away as California to partake in this unique and exciting (though backside-numbing) event!
Check out the following sampling of photos from October's slate of events!
Photos from left to right: A.D.A.M. purchases a snack in the concession stand at the Stardust Drive-in Movie Theater, A.D.A.M. and Dr. Ivan Cryptosis pose for a photo with superfan and "Attack of the Moon Zombies" associate producer Nathan "Spooky Noodle" Thomas in his home made Monster of Phantom Lake costume, Ge'off poses with his much smaller, plush doppelgänger at the Super Mihmiverse Marathon in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
In other news, full active production of "Attack of the Moon Zombies" continues at a rapid pace. A full quarter of the scenes are "in the can" (movie lingo for "having-been-filmed") and half of those have already been edited! Prinicipal photography is slated to continue through the end of January of next year and, as of press time, the film is still on track for release somewhere, we're guessing, around Memorial Day!
Lastly, the "Monsters of the Mihmiverse Plushies," the latest in our line of exclusive, rare Mihmiverse collectibles, are now available for purchase!
These unique collectibles are available individually for $15 (plus $4.95 shipping and handling) each or as a set of five for $50 (plus $14.50 shipping and handling) a savings of over $35!
With the holidays just around the corner, they'd make great gifts for every discerning Mihmiverse fanatic! Visit the collectibles section of the merchandise page at SaintEuphoria.com to order your set today! As with our previous collectibles, these cute plush creatures will ONLY be available for a limited time. They are handmade on demand, with orders taking up to four weeks to process and receive. If you are planning on ordering for the holidays, DO IT TODAY to ensure you get yours in time!
Previous collectibles in this series included a pair of Oculon action figures created by writer/director Christopher R. Mihm and a set of Mihmiverse magnets hand-crafted by actor and "Attack of the Moon Zombies" monster-maker Mitch Gonzales.
|| COUNTDOWN TO MOON ZOMBIES!
This month begins the first in a series of monthly videos following two Mihmiverse superfans (Bob Arndt and Rob "Rod" Wartick) on their journey from Appleton, Wisconsin, to the shooting of the next Christopher R. Mihm film, "Attack of the Moon Zombies," in Minnesota. In this segment, you will be introduced to the two super fans taking the journey and learn about what they plan to share in future segments.
|| CLASSIC MOVIE OF THE MONTH
|The Brain Eaters (1958)
Directed by Bruno VeSota.
Starring Ed Nelson and Alan Frost.
A silver, building-sized, spiral-shaped object crash lands outside a small Midwestern town. The local academics investigate but, at first, find nothing inside but a series of closed-loop tunnels. Shortly thereafter, it becomes apparent there was more to the appearance of the craft when townspeople start acting strange and violent -- the work of small, fuzzy, pipe-cleaner antennaed, brain-eating parasites from deep beneath the Earth's surface. Will the town survive the brain eaters' onslaught? Will the country? Will the WORLD!? Hyperbole notwithstanding, this film falls squarely in the "so-bad-it's-good" category. The production looks and feels very low budget. The acting, directing, editing, production values, and special effects all have a distinct "drive-in double feature" vibe. Literally, the brain parasite creatures are wind-up toys covered in fur and pipe cleaners! The film also contains what amounts to a speaking cameo appearance by a young Leonard Nimoy (though made up to look very old) -- a role for which his last name is incorrectly spelled in the credits! All in all, the film is REALLY bad. However, for anyone who likes classic 1950s B-cinema, being this bad can only mean this film is a must-see! Highly recommended -- but only for the hardest of the hardcore!
Christopher R. Mihm
|| MEET THE ASSOCIATE PRODUCERS!
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 "Attack of the Moon Zombies," we will randomly choose and interview one of them.
This month, we interview Nadia Giordana!
Introduce yourself to the Mihmiverse!
Hi everyone, I'm Nadia Giordana, one of the associate producers for the upcoming "Attack of the Moon Zombies." I'm a writer, author and publisher (I help writers get their first book into print) and if you need to know more about the different things I'm doing, my blog will tell it all at NadiaGiordana.com.
When and how did you discover the films of Christopher R. Mihm?
I have to thank Sid Korpi (Eh'Donish Woman/Administrator Ripley) for that. She mentioned it to me one day shortly after we met, and the whole idea of it intrigued me, so I looked up writer/director Christopher R. Mihm online and on Facebook.
Which of the five released films is your favorite and why?
I think my favorite movie will be more of a moving target depending on my mood. "Cave Women on Mars" has to be right up there, because what woman in her right mind would say that? That's my mood today. Tomorrow, when I come to my senses, I'll have another favorite.
You recently became an associate producer of "Attack of the Moon Zombies." Why?
I truly love what writer/director Christopher R. Mihm is doing. It's unique, and I believe there is a real place for it, so I decided to support his efforts by becoming an associate producer -- okay, seeing my name listed up there on the screen is a kick too.
Interested in becoming an associate producer? For a miniscule monetary investment, all associate producers will get their name listed in the end credits of next year's "Attack of the Moon Zombies," a pair of collector's tickets to the premiere, five copies of the film on DVD, and a frame-able certificate with their name and title -- perfect for your own "wall of fame!"
Visit the merchandise page at SaintEuphoria.com, the online home of the films of Christopher R. Mihm, for more information. Who knows? Maybe next month we'll be interviewing YOU!
|| CALENDAR OF EVENTS
|November 4-7 & 11-13|
Emma Danbury (Eema) appears as a "Skid Row Dweller" in Woodbury High School's production of "Little Shop of Horrors."
Woodbury High School, 2665 Woodlane Drive, Woodbury, MN
|November 5-January 16|
Mike Cook (Gustav/Dr. Edwards) appears as "Handy Andy" in "You Better Watch Out" at the Fanny Hill Dinner Theatre.
Fanny Hill Dinner Theatre, 3919 Crescent Avenue, Eau Claire, WI
|November 6 - 1:45pm (CDT)|
"The Monster of Phantom Lake" "returns from the grave" to screen at the Drunken Zombie Film Festival in Peoria, Illinois!
The Peoria Theater, 3225 North Dries Lane, Peoria, IL
"Strip Club Slasher," a film starring Rachel Grubb (Amy/Hagra), premieres at Crypticon. This annual event will also be MC'd by the official horror host of the Mihmiverse: Dr. Ivan Cryptosis!
The Sheraton Hotel, 7800 Normandale Boulevard, Bloomington, MN
|November 7 - 1:00pm (CDT)|
Sid Korpi (Eh'donish Woman/Administrator Ripley) presides over a pet blessing ceremony at Six Wags Dog Daycare & Boarding.
Six Wags Dog Daycare & Boarding, 9707 63rd Avenue North, Maple Grove, MN
|November 11-14 & 18-21|
Deanne McDonald (Elizabeth) will be playing the role of the Muse in "The Odyssey." This is Deanne's thesis role as she will be completing her Masters of Fine Arts degree this coming spring! (Congratulations, Deanne!)
Minnesota State University Mankato, 201 Performing Arts Center, Mankato, MN
"Terror Overload" and "13 Hours in a Warehouse," both featuring Rachel Grubb (Amy/Hagra), will screen as a special double feature at the Sci-Fi Center in Las Vegas. Rachel will be in attendance to meet, greet, and sign autographs!
The Sci-Fi Center, 900 East Karen Avenue, Suite D202, Las Vegas, NV
|November 13, 20, & 24 and December 3, 14, & 17|
Shannon McDonough (Julie Ann Saint Marie) dances and sings for Ovation: A Tribute to the Music of Prince at various venues across the upper midwest.
Check out the group's website at: ovationmusicgroup.com for specific locations, times and ticket information.
|November 18 - 7:30pm (CDT)|
"The Telephone Game," a film featuring Rachel Grubb (Amy/Hagra), Brooke Lemke (Eina), and Alisa Mattson (Saren), holds its world premiere. Mike Cook (Gustav/Dr. Edwards) and Alana Bloom (Orla) also appear in this film.
The Heights Theatre, 3951 Central Avenue Northeast, Columbia Heights, MN
|| ONLINE, ETC.
|Sid Korpi (Eh'donish Woman/Administrator Ripley) has a whole host of interviews and appearances scheduled over the next couple months. Keep track of all her signings, appearances, and other promotional events for her book "Good Grief: Finding Peace After Pet Loss" by visiting the appearances page at her website: www.goodgriefpetloss.com.|
|Justen Overlander (Jonathan/Sheriff Elliott) has stayed busy with steady acting, writing, and directing assignments for music videos, short movies, and corporate videos, but he continues to update his industry blog and his Minneapolis Filmmaking Industry column at Examiner.com on a semi-regular basis. Upcoming stories feature our own Christopher R. Mihm and UCLA Screenwriting Department Chair, Richard Walter, so be sure to keep visiting Justen's online film education resources. Justen was also recently hired as the lead male fitness model for Kefty.com. Dropping 20 pounds last spring paid off!|
|Maggie Schultz (Alien Mechanic and costumer) has re-launched her blog and Etsy store! Check it out and buy tons o' stuff by visiting: www.bymaggie.com!|
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