The Mihmiverse marches ever forward!

As of August 5th, principal photography of "X: The Fiend from Beyond Space" (the first half of the next Mihmiverse film, "The Late Night Double Feature") had officially begun! For irrefutable proof, writer/director Christopher R. Mihm sent us this cool photo (below).

This cell-phone photo was snapped during the first night of filming by Shane Donahue, the first-ever Saint Euphoria intern, while Mr. Mihm was recording ADR audio for a scene filmed earlier in the night. Pretty cool, if you ask us!

X: The Fiend from Beyond Space

In case you're wondering what ADR is, it's a technique known as Automated Dialogue Replacement (or Additional Dialogue Recording), where actors re-record their dialogue so, should it be necessary, it can be used to replace damaged or poorly recorded audio and synched to the video portion later. Writer/director Christopher R. Mihm uses this technique extensively because, as he has stated many times, "with such small crews utilized in making Mihmiverse films, it's the only way to get consistent audio across the length of a film."

On another "The Late Night Double Feature" note, did you know you can still become a contributor to the new film and get your name in the end credits? In addition to an on-screen credit, everyone who contributes will receive a collector's ticket to the world premiere, a copy of the finished DVD and a cool, personalized certificate celebrating your contribution! Credits can even be given as gifts!

For more information about the contributor program, click HERE and enroll today!



Attention all aspiring writers!

Writer/director Christopher R. Mihm is considering starting a Mihmiverse-inspired, 1950s-style sci-fi magazine in the vein of Astounding Science Fiction and Amazing Stories. If you're a writer or someone who has considered writing, Mr. Mihm is seeking short stories for possible inclusion in the "proof of concept" first issue.

Here are the parameters for would-be submitters. All stories must meet the following criteria:
  • Be original works. Adaptations will not be considered.
  • Be 50 pages or less with no minimum word count.
  • Must be retro "fantastic fiction." Beyond science fiction, steampunk/Victorian, fantasy, light horror, even adventure stores are all acceptable. Please, no "cyberpunk" stories or anything involving the Internet that doesn't SOMEHOW come from a unique 1950s-style perspective.
  • You MUST have complete copyright ownership of your submission.
If you need further guidance on what is acceptable, just imagine stories you could have read in a pulp sci-fi magazine circa 1959.

First issue deadline is October 1st. For all accepted stories, the author will retain the copyright of the work but will give Saint Euphoria LLC permission to print the work both online and off (the plan is to make actual physical copies). For questions, comments or submissions, please send an email to magazine@sainteuphoria.com.

We look forward to hearing from you and seeing what strange new worlds you dream up!



The always-busy fall "screening season" is here! The best place to see any one (or all) of the films of Christopher R. Mihm is surrounded by like-minded individuals who appreciate all the fun that is the Mihmiverse!

As of the publication of this newsletter, here are some Mihmiverse-related screenings and events:
  • "The Monster of Phantom Lake" returns to Midnight Monster Movies with Dr. Bob in Columbus, OH! If you missed the very first Dr. Bob show (or the 3-D repeat of the film in March), this will be your chance to see where the Mihmiverse began! The song, the pauses, the $33 monster!
  • On September 28th, Writer/director Christopher R. Mihm talks about movie making and the creative process in Edgerton, WI at the Edgerton Sterling North Book Festival, a free day-long event which includes an afternoon screening of "The Giant Spider!"
  • The Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild presents the Western Wisconsin premiere of "The Giant Spider" on October 12th at the Grand Little Theatre in Eau Claire, WI!
  • A years-long tradition continues when the latest Mihmiverse film, "The Giant Spider," screens at the Jack-o-Lantern Jaunt in the home of the real Phantom Lake, Mukwonago, WI! (October 18-19)
  • On October 26th, "The Giant Spider" will be screened at a special "second premiere" event at the Historic Palace Theatre in Luverne, MN! Writer/director Christopher R. Mihm will personally present the film and speak about the creation of his latest "new old, good bad" masterpiece! The film will screen again on Halloween night.
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 info@sainteuphoria.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!



For the first time ever, two of writer/director Christopher R. Mihm's films are available on Blu-ray disc: "House of Ghosts" and "The Giant Spider!"

Presented in full 1080p HD, these movie-only discs include English audio and subtitles, and are produced on-demand using recordable Blu-ray (BD-R) media.

They are now available for $9.99 plus $2.50 shipping and handling for Blu-ray only or $14.99 plus $3.50 shipping and handling for Blu-ray plus DVD. These Blu-ray discs contain ONLY the film, while all DVDs are full retail versions (loaded with special features).


"House of Ghosts" (2012)
Blu-ray only
$9.99


Blu-ray + DVD
$14.99


"The Giant Spider" (2013)
Blu-ray only
$9.99


Blu-ray + DVD
$14.99



Check here if the shipping address is outside of the U.S.
 
IMPORTANT! This bears repeating: these Blu-ray editions are produced on-demand using recordable Blu-ray media (BD-R). Recordable Blu-ray media (BD-R) is slightly less reliable and more prone to malfunction than replicated media. Blu-ray discs sold through this site are MOVIE ONLY and DO NOT contain the same special features available on the DVD versions of the films. Please keep this in mind when ordering.



The latest episode of the Mihmiverse Bonfire Podcast is now available for download!

The third season of the Mihmiverse Bonfire Podcast has officially begun! Hosts Rhuby 'n' Hater, perma-guest (and "reason for the season") Christopher R. Mihm and first lady of the Mihmiverse, Stephanie Mihm, spend a gorgeous night around the bonfire with guests Billie Jo Konze (Dr. Hackett from "The Giant Spider") and Robert Silinghia (Dr. Huer in "Attack of the Moon Zombies"). Also, the Mihmiverse welcomes its first intern: Shane "The Killer Leprechaun" O'Flanagan Donahue Donaghy Donnelly!

Also included: a secret code from writer/director Christopher R. Mihm and the first edition of "Unreasonable Requests for the Intern!"
 
Click to download part 1Click to download part 2Click to download part 3

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:
  • 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!
     
  • 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!
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!



The Manster (1959)
Directed by George P. Breakston and Kenneth G. Crane
Starring Peter Dyneley, Jane Hylton and Tetsu Nakamura

In "The Manster" (also known as "The Split" and "The Two-Headed Monster"), an American journalist gets wrapped up in a Japanese scientist's morally questionable human-evolution experiments and slowly transforms into a hideous two-headed monster. His metamorphosis, however, doesn't happen all at once. Instead, the reporter first becomes a self-centered jerk who inexplicably cheats on his wife, treats everyone like crap, and starts killing strange women on the street. Then, in what has to be one of the coolest and creepiest moments in any classic B-movie, the full transformation begins as he and the audience are shocked to find a fully functional human eyeball sprouting from his shoulder! The eye eventually turns into another head, and the hideous mutant heads back toward the scientist's lair (on top of a volcano!) seeking revenge! This movie is far better than the synopsis would have you believe. Though it drags a little as you wait for the main character to change physically, the film is never dull and, in fact, is very well made from every angle. I would even go so far as to say it's one of the very best of the era. The film was a co-production between the United States and Japan and never really got the same reception or promotion as some other, better-known films. As such, it sadly slipped under the radar for most people. Luckily for monster movie fans, it is now considered to be in the public domain, which means this gem of classic horror is FREE to download from archive.org! As far as I'm concerned, "The Manster" is a "must-see!" Since it won't cost you a dime, what are you waiting for?
— Christopher R. Mihm



Since so many fans and supporters have become Mihmiverse contributors, we wanted to take time to highlight some of these wonderful people! Thus, every month between now and the release of "The Late Night Double Feature," we will randomly choose and interview one of them.

This month, we interview Bret Wheadon!

Introduce yourself to the Mihmiverse!

Hi, I'm Bret—happy to be here! I'm an elementary school librarian from Centerville, UT, and also the webmaster for several music-related web-sites, including beachboys.com, sinatraguide.com and messiah-guide.com (Handel's Messiah). I'm a fairly recent convert to the Mihmiverse, having discovered them just a couple of years ago, but I follow them avidly! I look forward to the newsletters and podcasts every month, and because people automatically wonder—yes, I'm a Mormon; no, I don't have multiple wives, and yes, I sing with the world-famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir! So, if you know who you're looking for, you can occasionally spot me on TV on our weekly broadcast of "Music and the Spoken Word!"

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

I can't recall exactly where I first heard of Christopher R. Mihm, but it was probably from a review on amazon.com, which referred me to one of his early films. I love all things sci-fi, especially the films of the 1950s, and after checking out his website and several of his movie trailers, I went in "whole hog"—bought the whole set and enjoyed watching them all! I get a very childlike thrill from this kind of entertainment, which I grew up watching. I'm a HUGE fan of the old "Twilight Zone," "Outer Limits," "Alfred Hitchcock Presents," and "Thriller" anthology shows, and have a huge DVD library of old sci-fi/horror movies which I pull out and enjoy from time to time. I tried showing my best friends "Plan 9 From Outer Space" once, but they just didn't "get" the humor of it.

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

My favorite film in the Mihmiverse is undoubtedly "The Giant Spider!" I love the inclusion of the theme song, the visual effects rival ANYTHING done in the 1950s and it's just so much fun to watch! I especially love all the fan-boy extra features that the DVDs contain. Writer/director Christopher R. Mihm knows that nerds like me love to know all the little details of what goes on behind the scenes!

Why did you contribute to the next Mihmiverse film, "The Late Night Double Feature?"

I've wanted to contribute to one of Mr. Mihm's films for a long time, mostly because I want to support something that I enjoy. The reduction in price (from $50 to $25) was the big factor in pushing me over the edge. It just seemed so easy to do, and I hope to become a regular contributor!

Interested in becoming a contributor and seeing your name in the credits of "The Late Night Double Feature?" All contributors will get their name listed in the end credits of "The Late Night Double Feature," a ticket to the premiere, a copy of the film on DVD, and a frame-able certificate with their name and title—perfect for your own "wall of fame!"

Visit the contributor 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!



I noticed that I haven't shared a yummy dessert recipe in quite awhile so here's one I tried this past summer. While I'm not a big fan of rhubarb, my family is, so I am always trying to find new and delicious recipes that include this sour vegetation. This rhubarb-based dessert didn't leave any sour-pusses!

Old-Fashioned Strawberry-Rhubarb Crisp


Filling
  • 2 pounds rhubarb stalks, sliced 1/2 inch thick
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 pound strawberries, hulled and quartered
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Topping
  • 1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups quick-cooking rolled oats
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
Preheat the oven to 375°. In a bowl, toss the rhubarb with 3/4 cup of the sugar and let stand for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. In another bowl, toss the strawberries with the remaining 1/2 cup sugar and let stand for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the rhubarb to the strawberries; discard any rhubarb juice. Add the cornstarch, lemon juice and vanilla to the fruit and stir well. Transfer the mixture to a 9-by-13-inch glass baking dish.

Combine all of the ingredients in a medium bowl. Using a pastry blender or your fingers, mix the ingredients together until large crumbs form.

Sprinkle the topping evenly over the filling and bake for 30 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 325° and continue baking for about 30 minutes longer, until the fruit filling is bubbling and the topping is nicely browned. Let the crisp rest for 10 to 20 minutes before serving.

NOTE: The topping can be refrigerated overnight. Bring to room temperature before using.

Yield: 4 servings (3/4 cup equals 78 calories)

This scrumptious treat was found at foodanwine.com. My monsters enjoyed it so much they even had it for breakfast! (I have no problem with them eating dessert for breakfast! I'm a cool mom and wife like that!) This dessert received 4 out of 4 "alien tentacles."
— Stephanie Mihm



In honor of the upcoming "X: The Fiend from Beyond Space" half of "The Late Night Double Feature," we offer a list of plots from other "Fiendish" movies. Name them.

1. One of the first of the new "talkies," this 1932 remake of the 1927 Alfred Hitchcock silent film, "The Lodger" was based on the story of Jack the Ripper.

2. Before starring in the 1960s TV series "Daktari," Marshall Thompson had the lead in this 1958 film about invisible atomic monsters attacking the U.S. Armed Forces.

3. Hugh O'Brian, who was currently starring in the hit 1950s TV series, "The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp," took a break to star in this 1958 western about a convicted bank robber who gets involved with a psychotic, homicidal inmate who terrorizes his wife and murders his friends.

4. Horror legend Peter Cushing starred in this 1960 flick about a Scottish surgeon who needs human cadavers for his research, and gets them from the murderous duo of Burke and Hare.

5. Christopher Lee starred in this 1967 film about a police surgeon who discovers murder most foul at the Theatre of Death in Paris.



Scroll to the bottom of the Mihmiverse Monthly for the answers.

— Mike Cook



Tuesday Nights - 9:00PM

Andy Wilkins (The Medium) hosts a trivia night at the Green Mill in Eagan, Minnesota!

Green Mill, 1940 Rahncliff Road, Eagan, MN
Weekends August 17th-September 29th

Find Andy Wilkins (The Medium) as "Lord High Sheriff" at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival.

Minnesota Renaissance Festival, 12364 Chestnut Boulevard, Shakopee, MN
September 6 & 27

Justen Overlander (Ray) and Sid Korpi (Leigh/Administrator Ripley) will be performing in the interactive comedic mystery experience, "Best Laid Plans," through The Murder Mystery Co.

The Old Spaghetti Factory, 233 Park Avenue #100, Minneapolis, MN
September 8 - 10:00AM–2:30PM

Allbreed Obedience Behavioral School for Dogs will be holding its annual open house and feature an appearance by Sid Korpi (Leigh/Administrator Ripley).

2441 Ventura Drive, Woodbury, MN
September 14 - 11:30PM

"The Monster of Phantom Lake" returns to Midnight Monster Movies with Dr. Bob!

Needing help to decipher the baffling blueprints that were found, Dr. Bob Tesla and Nikola are on an expedition to the wilds of Greenland, leaving Nurse Feratu to run the show this month!

The Nurse has decided to show her favorite one of the films of Christopher R. Mihm: "The Monster of Phantom Lake!" If you missed the very first Dr. Bob show (or the 3-D repeat of the film in March), this will be your chance to see where the Mihmiverse began! The song, the pauses, the $33 monster!

Grandview Theatre, 1247 Grandview Avenue, Columbus, OH
September 15 - 9:00AM–2:00PM

Sid Korpi (Leigh/Administrator Ripley) will be participating in Goldzilla 2013, the Golden Retriever Fun Fair and Walk for Rescue.

Long Lake Regional Park, New Brighton, MN
September 28 - 9:00AM–7:00PM

Writer/director Christopher R. Mihm talks about movie making and the creative process at the Edgerton Sterling North Book Festival. This free day-long event includes an afternoon screening of "The Giant Spider!"

Edgerton Performing Arts Center, 200 Elm High Drive, Edgerton, WI
October 6, 10 & 20

Sid Korpi (Leigh) will be performing in the interactive comedic mystery experience, "Best Laid Plans," through The Murder Mystery Co.

The Old Spaghetti Factory, 233 Park Avenue #100, Minneapolis, MN
October 12 - 7:00PM

The Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild presents the Western Wisconsin premiere of "The Giant Spider" at the Grand Little Theatre in Eau Claire!

The Grand Little Theatre, 102 West Grand Avenue, Eau Claire, WI
October 18-19, $1.00 donation

Continuing a long-held Mihmiverse tradition, "The Giant Spider" will screen at this year's Jack-o-Lantern Jaunt in Mukwonago, WI! Mukwonago, home of the actual Phantom Lake, will again host this great family-friendly event wherein Field Park (essentially the town's "Central Park") is decorated with hundreds of carved, lit pumpkins placed along the walking path that runs through it.

Admission is only $1.00 per person and the proceeds go to good local causes.

Field Park, corner of Highway 83 and County Road NN, Mukwonago, WI
October 26 - 7:00PM

"The Giant Spider" will be screened at a special "second premiere" event at the Historic Palace Theatre in Luverne, MN!

Writer/director Christopher Mihm will be in attendance to speak about the creation of his latest "new old, good bad" masterpiece! Please join us for a night of fun and Halloween surprises.

Palace Theatre, 104 East Main Street, Luverne, MN
October 31 - 7:00PM

"The Giant Spider" returns to the Historic Palace Theatre for a night of pure treat (and maybe a few tricks)!

Palace Theatre, 104 East Main Street, Luverne, MN


Stephanie Mihm, the first lady of the Mihmiverse, has a new travelogue blog that chronicles her adventures visiting roadside attractions and unique eateries. The blog is updated often and includes tons of photos!

Check it out by visiting AmericanaMama.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" and "The Giant Spider" 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. The Phantom Fiend, 2. Fiend Without a Face, 3. The Fiend Who Walked the West, 4. The Flesh of Fiends, 5. Blood Fiend

 


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