November has arrived and so has another exclusive "House of Ghosts" image!

House of Ghosts

This very lambent* image gives us our first look at Stephanie Mihm as Ursula. From the angle and framing of the shot, we get an honest feel for the vibe Mr. Mihm is going for with his next film. We're told that this particular shot was suggested by Mihmiverse Bonfire Podcast host Mark Haider and was ever-so-moodily lit by his co-host, the very talented Cherie "Rhuby" Gallinati.

All the images we're getting from the new film suggests a darker, moodier tone that everyone here at the Mihmiverse Monthly cannot wait to see! Production is on schedule and as of "press time," "House of Ghosts" is set to be released somewhere near Memorial Day 2012. To all you out-of-towners, we suggest making travel plans sooner rather than later because this one is going to GREAT!

*"Lambent" is the universally misused catch phrase for Mihmivites in the know. Listen to the Daniel R. Sjerven episode of the Mihmiverse Bonfire Podcast to learn its origin!



Another busy October screening season has come to a close—and what a wild ride it was! Not only did the films of Christopher R. Mihm play SOMEWHERE in the world multiple times every week, but the Mihmiverse earned a pair of awards!

First, at the inaugural Highway 61 Film Festival held in Pine City, MN, "Attack of the Moon Zombies" won its first official award: "Best Horror/Action Feature!" Star James Norgard (Dr. Gabriel) was on hand to accept the framed award certificate and cash prize on behalf of the production. THEN, while in attendance at ValleyCon 37 in Fargo, ND, writer/director Christopher R. Mihm was presented with the "Roger and Julie Corman Intrepid Filmmaker" award—which he humbly (and rather eagerly) accepted. Mr. Corman being one of his longtime idols, Mr. Mihm was understandably touched to receive such a prestigious award!

It should be noted that the past six weeks was the busiest stretch of screenings EVER for the films of Christopher R. Mihm

"Attack of the Moon Zombies" saw the most "action," with individual screenings in Eau Claire, WI and Forest Lake, MN, and a return to the Jack-o-Lantern Jaunt in Mukwonago, WI. The film also headlined a weekend of triple-features alongside B-movie classics "Night of the Living Dead" and "The Killer Shrews" at the Stardust Twin Drive-in in Chetek, WI.

In addition to its award-winning appearance at the Highway 61 Film Festival, "Attack of the Moon Zombies" was an official selection at the Fargo Fantastic Film Festival in North Dakota, Eerie Horror Film Festival in Pennsylvania, Madison Horror Film Festival in Wisconsin, Scare-a-Cuse Film Festival in Syracuse, NY, and Geek Independent Film Festival in Alexandria, IN.

"The Monster of Phantom Lake" and "Cave Women on Mars" screened in Oshkosh, WI and Las Vegas, NV, respectively, and both were official selections at the Geek Independent Film Festival.



In a case of extremely bad timing as we move into the holiday season, the SaintEuphoria.com store has RUN OUT of the "retail ready" DVDs of writer/director Christopher R. Mihm's first two films, "The Monster of Phantom Lake" and "It Came From Another World!" While we wait for the stock to be replenished, we have been given permission to sell exclusive "movie only" DVD-Rs of the films for only $5.00 each—and shipping and handling are 100% FREE! Buy them now because you probably won't be able to find them THIS CHEAP in the foreseeable future!



The newest (and longest-to-date) episode of the Mihmiverse Bonfire Podcast is now available for download!

Daniel R. Sjerven
On a beautiful autumn evening, Rhuby 'n' Hater found themselves again by the backyard bonfire creating the sixth installment of the Mihmiverse Bonfire Podcast. In this episode, writer/director Christopher R. Mihm talks a little more about his next film, "House of Ghosts," and chats up the future of the 'verse. In addition to a surprise visit by executive producer Rylan Bachman, the podcasters interview someone recognizable to most Mihmivites: Daniel R. Sjerven! Daniel played Lieutenant Elliott in "Cave Women on Mars," Stan Johnson in "Terror from Beneath the Earth," and Captain Herman "Ace" Frehley in "Attack of the Moon Zombies."

Also included: "Got Nothing," the newest bad poem from writer/director Christopher R. Mihm, a commercial for Wisawa Brand Flashlights, and a new "Monster Word of the Day!"

Click here to download part 1Click here to download part 2Click here to download part 3

ALSO, on Oct. 21, writer/director Christopher R. Mihm, Mark Haider, Cherie "Rhuby" Gallinati, Rylan Bachman, Shannon McDonough, Sid Korpi, and Anthony Kaczor, hosted a panel discussion at ValleyCon 37 in Fargo, ND. The subject was the Mihmiverse and low-budget filmmaking in general, and the audio of that event was recorded and released as an exclusive supplemental podcast. It's highly informative and extremely entertaining! Check it out by visiting the podcast page or by clicking the link below! Lambent!


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 features exclusive news; interviews with the folks who make the Mihmiverse possible; shameless self-promotion; and original recurring content!

You should know who our scheduled guest for the next podcast (November 2011) is, yes? That's right: Catherine Hanson, who played the adorable and tough space pirate Yureena Null in "Destination: Outer Space" and is currently starring in "House of Ghosts!"

Stephanie Mihm (Rosemary in "Terror from Beneath the Earth") is scheduled as the guest for the December episode. If you'd like to ask a question of the hosts, writer/director Christopher R. Mihm, or any of the show's upcoming guests, click HERE to submit your questions! If we like them, we may even include them in a future podcast!



The Mihmiverse Monthly, the official newsletter of the films of Christopher R. Mihm, is trying out some new columns. Alongside old standards like the Classic Movie of the Month, Associate Producer of the Month and Calendar of Events, you'll find an ever-changing array of guest-written columns.

This month you'll find:
  • Monster Hits!
    Mike Cook (Gustav/Dr. Edwards) gives us a historical (and hysterical) perspective on some of the original "popular music" created for the schlocky drive-in films of the 1950s and '60s!
     
  • From the Mihmiverse Test Kitchens
    Best known as Rosemary from "Terror from Beneath the Earth," Stephanie Mihm will share her favorite recipes—sure to satisfy any monster-sized appetite!
     
  • Swingin' with Sid
    In real life, Sid Korpi (Administrator Ripley) runs a small dance studio, with her husband Anthony Kaczor (Dr. Phillips), where they teach "social dance basics." In this new column, Sid will teach you a few beginning steps!
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! In the meantime, enjoy the new-and-improved Mihmiverse Monthly!



Gorgo (1961)
Directed by Eugène Lourié
Starring Bill Travers and William Sylvester

It's a story as old as time (or at least as old as the "Godzilla" series): a volcano erupts, a gigantic prehistoric lizard-like monster (the title creature) is awakened from its slumber and is unleashed upon the populace of an unsuspecting city (London). Landmarks are destroyed (Tower Bridge and Big Ben), people flee in terror, the army is called in, oversized-monster-mayhem ensues and a band of likeable heroes try to save the day by whatever means available. What the story lacks in originality, it makes up for in fun, incorporating familiar elements of other "gargantuan creature" films (particularly "King Kong"). The film even includes a twist concerning the "age" of the creature, but you won't necessarily see coming if you avoid spoilers entirely. The British-made film is pure cheese through-and-through and is all the better for it, with a great monster design and wonderful special effects. If you're even remotely a fan of the "Godzilla" series (or '50s/'60s era B-movies in general) but have never seen "Gorgo," it's a surprisingly "good/bad" time! Yes, the film is clearly an imitator—but it's a good one worth checking out! AND, a little-known fact: "Gorgo" spawned a comic-book series in the early 1960s that lasted 23 issues and are now worth a decent amount!

— 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 "House of Ghosts," we will randomly choose and interview one of them.

This month, we interview Jim and Linda Norgard!

Jim and Linda Norgard
Introduce yourself to the Mihmiverse!

Linda and I are high school sweethearts who moved from Albert Lea to the Twin Cities in the late '70s to attend college. We married in 1979 and currently live in Brooklyn Park. Linda is a senior systems analyst for Hennepin County. I refer to myself as a "semi-professional" actor (I occasionally get paid...;-) whose current day job is working as a phone banker for TCF. My films and résumé can be found at IMDB.com. Chris was kind enough to cast me in "Attack of the Moon Zombies" and I'm currently shooting "House of Ghosts," where I play Arthur. No kids, but two cats, Gizmo and Xena.

When and how did you discover the films of Christopher R. Mihm?

We discovered the Christopher R. Mihm films with the publicity surrounding the premiere of "Destination: Outer Space." Even before we attended the premiere, I visited the website and ordered all of the previous films. It was love at first sight. I can identify with Chris as I have great late night memories of watching classic '50s horror and sci-fi with my dad on our local station. At the "Destination: Outer Space premiere, I knocked down several children and old ladies to buttonhole Chris and beg him to involve me in his next picture.

Which of the six released films is your favorite and why?

As I'm in it, my favorite Mihmiverse film is "Attack of the Moon Zombies;" Shannon McDonough, Douglas Sidney, Mike Cook, Sid Korpi, Daniel R. Sjerven and the rest of the cast also turned in stellar performances!

You recently became an associate producer of "House of Ghosts." Why?

Linda and I became associate producers because we believe in the cause and want to support it any way we can. Also, because I've appeared in so many of them, I understand the challenges in making low-budget, independent films. The Mihmiverse is an extended family and I encourage everyone to join!

Interested in becoming an associate producer? For a miniscule monetary investment, all associate producers will get their names listed in the end credits of "House of Ghosts," 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!



In the 1950s, when Hollywood started churning out B-grade horror and sci-fi films for the drive-in movie crowds, savvy producers realized that a key target audience would be teens who, if they weren't really "watching" the film (wink-wink), would at least be able to "hear" it. So attempts were made to create "hip," teen-friendly songs for nearly every film. In theory, the formula was simple: Hit Movie + Hit song = More $.

So what could be more "teen friendly" than a movie about a troubled young man whose evil therapist uses him for regression experiments that transform him into a rampaging werewolf—featuring some of that newfangled rock & roll music?

In 1957, two years before he struck gold in "Bonanza," Michael Landon starred in "I Was a Teenage Werewolf." It's campy, it's hokey, and the cast, led by Landon and Whit Bissell is uneven at best. And then there's Ken Miller, who played the character of Vic. Miller bounced around Hollywood in the '50s, playing teen characters in B-movies and episodic TV. One thing he wasn't—was a singer. That, however, did not stop the producers of "Werewolf" from having him sing the movie's centerpiece song "Eeny Meenie Miney Moe."

Miller does his best, but as you can see (and hear), he not only fails to sing on key, he also can't find the beat. It's truly an atrocious performance, but it's part of the movie's cheesy charm.

— Mike Cook



After much searching, I found a wonderful, lower-calorie twist on the amazing goodness of a "church potluck" classic: "Tater Tot Hotdish!" Believe me, with this recipe, every monster in your house will come running when you ring the dinner bell (or yell DINNER, as we do in our home)! This filling meal is a great example of "pure" Upper Midwest comfort food. And the best part? This still-satisfying version is "lightened up," so you can enjoy a classic "Minnesota Hot Dish" without guilt!

Makeover Tater-Topped Casserole
Makeover Tater-Topped Casserole


Ingredients
  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1/2 pound extra-lean ground turkey
  • 1 package (16 ounces) frozen mixed vegetables, thawed and drained
  • 3/4 cup french-fried onions
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) reduced-fat/reduced-sodium condensed cream of celery soup, undiluted
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) reduced-fat/ reduced-sodium condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
  • 1/2 cup fat-free milk
  • 4 cups frozen Tater Tots, thawed
Directions

In a large skillet, cook beef and turkey over medium heat until no longer pink. In a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray, layer the meat mixture, vegetables and onions.

In a small bowl, combine soups and milk; spread over onions. Top with Tater Tots. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 55–60 minutes or until golden brown.

Yield: 8 servings.

1 serving equals 340 calories. Serve with a side of fresh fruit or a lovely garden salad. Our gang o' monsters rates this dish 5 out of 5 "growls." ENJOY!

This recipe was originally found in the Taste of Home Comfort Diet Cookbook, a great cookbook if you're trying to lose weight but don't want to give up flavorful food! You can also find this recipe and its corresponding nutrition information on the Taste of Home website!
— Stephanie Mihm



If you own the DVD of "Attack of the Moon Zombies" and have checked out the hidden Easter Eggs therein, you no doubt have seen evidence that there are several dancin' fools among the cast. Most notably, you may have caught Ripley and the Pajama Zombie cutting a rug in a lunar base hallway.

Our ever-thoughtful director, Christopher R. Mihm, realized that many of you might be in anguish after watching that particular clip, wishing with your whole heart you could re-create the Ripley Rumba yourself. Well, here's your chance to prepare for a stint on "Dancing with the B-Movie Stars." In this and upcoming "Mihmiverse Monthly" newsletters, I will be including instructions for various dance steps seen in that bit of video, as well as any performed in future Mihm movies.

Here's how you execute the basic step for the Ripley Rumba:

You're creating a box, stepping into each corner as illustrated below. Gents—you start out stepping forward on your left foot then bringing your right foot up to the same level, about hip distance apart, and bringing your left foot toward your right to finish what's known as the "top of the box." Then, you repeat this going backward, this time starting with your right foot. That makes the "bottom of the box." (Knowing this distinction will eventually help you in knowing when to incorporate other moves.)

Important tip: You must transfer your weight on each step because if you stop and evenly distribute your weight between both feet, your brain instantly becomes an Etch-a-Sketch that's been shaken to make all memory of what you just did disappear. Transferring your weight lets you know which foot is actually free to move next.

Ladies, when asked who was the better dancer, Fred Astaire or Ginger Rogers, the answer to give is, "Ginger, of course. She had to do everything Fred did, only backward and in high heels!" The heels are optional for you, but you will do the same series of steps as your fella, but you will start backward on your right foot.

Once you're accustomed to doing the box step itself, incorporate the appropriate rumba rhythm, which is Slow-Quick-Quick; Slow-Quick-Quick. That means your first and fourth steps are held for a count of two for the Slows, and the step-togethers to the side get a single-beat count for the Quick-Quick part. An entire box step uses eight counts.

Get your hips involved if you dare, to give the dance its Latin flavor. The Pajama Zombie claims to have "Polish hips," whatever that means, and refuses, perhaps wisely, to add much swivel to his dance moves.


Look for more on the Ripley Rumba and other great social dances in upcoming newsletters. Or, get hands-on learning via private absolute-beginner's lessons in Sid Korpi and Anthony Kaczor's home studio in Minneapolis through their Two Right Feet Dance business, where their motto is "Forget Fred and GingeróWe'll have you dancing like Fred and Wilma in no time!" Check them out at www.tworightfeetdance.com or call 612-824-1800 to schedule your lesson.



Now through November 6

Deanne McDonald (Elizabeth) appears as Miss Minchin in the musical "A Little Princess" at Steppingstone Theatre.

Steppingstone Theatre, 55 Victoria Street North, St. Paul, MN
November 4–January 15

Mike Cook (Gustav/Dr. Edwards) appears in "A Very Rudyful Christmas" at the Fanny Hill Dinner Theatre.

Fanny Hill Dinner Theatre, 3919 Crescent Avenue, Eau Claire, WI
November 5, 9:00am–1:00pm

Sid Korpi (Administrator Ripley) will be appearing at "All About Dogs Day at the Arb," a great event honoring our best four-legged friends at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Reserve a spot for you and your faithful canine companion for a wonderful walk together on 3-mile drive, followed by a pet expo fair at the Great Hall of their Visitor Center & outdoor Welcoming terrace. Register online or call 952-443-4401.
November 12, 9:00am–2:00pm

Come meet Sid Korpi (Administrator Ripley) at Twin Cities Obedience Training Club's Fall Bazaar.

Twin Cities Obedience Training Club, 2101 Broadway St. NE, Minneapolis, MN
November 17

"In Harm's Way" starring Shannon McDonough (Julie Ann Saint Marie/Dr. Hackett) and Douglas Sidney (Dr. Collins) premieres at the Riverview Theater.

Riverview Theater, 3800 42nd Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN
November 26–December 31

M. Scott Taulman (Sven) will be playing Edward in "The Little Match Girl's Gift: A Christmas Story" on the Centennial Showboat at Harriet Island in St. Paul.

Visit the Centennial Showboat website for more information.
December 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, & 10

Josh Craig (Professor Jackson) appears in the Woodbury Community Theater production of the Broadway musical version of "A Christmas Carol." With music and lyrics from Alan Menken, Lynn Ahrens and Mike Ockrent, this spectacular musical extravaganza is a must-see this holiday season, even if for no other reason than to experience Josh's return to the stage after a 10-year absence!

Woodbury Community Theater, 4200 Pioneer Drive, Woodbury, MN
December 9–30

Deanne McDonald (Elizabeth) will be playing the roles of Carol and Brandy in the Actors Theater of Minnesota production of "Bob's Holiday Office Party." Performances are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:00pm and Sundays at 5:00pm.

Tickets are $24 for general admission and are available at BrownPaperTickets.com or 800-838-3006. For Group tickets and information, call 651-290-2290.

Camp Bar and Cabaret, 490 North Robert Street, St. Paul, MN
December 15

Come to the Minnesota Boston Terrier Club holiday party where Sid Korpi (Administrator Ripley) will be performing a pet blessing!

Pet Junction, 157 West County Road E, Shoreview, MN


Away
Justen Overlander (Sheriff Elliott) is keeping himself extremely busy these days!

In addition to starring in the next Mihm film, "House of Ghosts," he continues to update his blog which, as the subtitle of the page explains, contains his reflections on his journey to Hollywood from small-town Minnesota, and he occasionally writes insightful articles for his Examiner column.

ALSO, frequent listeners of the Mihmiverse Bonfire Podcast know all about Justen's newest creative venture: a Christian-themed film entitled "Away." Justen is currently seeking funding for this project and has set up a Kickstarter campaign. Click HERE to check it out!
Mike Cook (Gustav/Dr. Edwards) plays "The Landlord" in the new Sci-Fi/Fantasy web series "Forsythia." Watch the story develop at www.forsythia.tv.
Keep track of all of Sid Korpi's (Administrator Ripley) signings, interviews, 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.



"The Monster of Phantom Lake," "It Came From Another World!," "Cave Women on Mars," "Terror from Beneath the Earth," "Destination: Outer Space," and "Attack of the Moon Zombies" DVDs are now available at SaintEuphoria.com, the online home of the films of Christopher R. Mihm.

In addition, "The Monster of Phantom Lake" Collector's Edition DVDs, 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!
 


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