An Interview with the Horror Writer and Director Christopher R. Mihm
Originally posted at http://www.actingaustralia.com.au/interview-horror-writer-director-christopher-r-mihm/
Esperanto-TV is proud to announce a broadcast deal with horror writer / director / producer Christopher R. Mihm of the award winning Mihmiverse horror series, whose best known for his authentic loosely interlinked depictions of 1950's B-grade horror films, four of which have been dubbed into the international language Esperanto.
In celebration of this event Chris has kindly offered to respond to some quick questions.
So Chris, since your launch of "Attack of the Moon Zombies" in Esperanto, you've gained yourself a bit of a cult followingwhy did you decide to have this particular film dubbed to Esperanto?
The action in "Attack of the Moon Zombies" was written to take place on an international moon base in a 1950s-inspired version of the late 1970s. Since Esperanto was very popular amongst science fiction fans of the 1950s who believed that it would eventually fulfil its goal as the perfect all-purpose diplomatic language, it made a certain amount of sense that Esperanto would AT LEAST appear on signage on this moon base. I contacted several Esperanto groups about translating the signage seen in the movie into Esperanto. The one that I ended up going with (headed by George Baker of California) was very easy to work with and were such nice people that they've since translated all of my subsequent films. AND, it was originally their idea to not only translate the entire script but also record the Esperanto-language dialogue for inclusion on the DVD! I simply couldn't resist such a fantastic offer!
In total you have four films available for purchase in Esperanto – "Attack of the Moon Zombies," "House of Ghosts," "The Giant Spider," and now "The Late Night Double Feature." Understandably they're all your babies, but if you had to pick one or be eaten by a giant spider which would you choose?
If I absolutely had to select my FAVORITE of these, "The Giant Spider stands out. That being said, I sincerely believe "The Late Night Double Feature" finishes a VERY CLOSE second!
Is there anything interesting you do when you first sit down to write a script? Perhaps pull out a pipe, put on some slippers, and watch a classic; is there a pattern to your madness?
Often it begins with just a title or a small plot idea. If I can take that idea, map it out and imagine it as a fully fleshed-out film, I write it. Usually, it's just me alone in my basement office writing away every night for a couple weeks. Sadly, it's not particularly exciting or sexy! I just have to commit myself to the process and never give up until I have a script staring back at me!
Having covered ghosts, zombies, giant spiders and aliens, what's next on your list?
I have several ideas. I'm currently toying with the idea of a holiday-themed monster film, a stop-motion dinosaur epic and an idea involving kids, puppets and a 1950s robot!
If you could go back in time and speak to one of the great directors / writers. Who would it be and what would you say?
I'd love to have been able to work "back-in-the-day" with some of the 1950s low-budget pioneers like Roger Corman, Bert I. Gordon or Ed Woodeven if only to be a fly on the wall to see how their process differs from the process available to me now. Many of them built the foundations upon which much of modern genre filmmaking currently stands. It would be amazing to have been there to watch them try to figure it all out from mostly from scratch, essentially making up a lot of it as they went along!
Finally the Esperanto community has a few of it's own B-grade classic movies, such as the 1960's "Incubus" with William Shatner. How do you rate this film on the classic awesomeness scale?
Ultimately...it's...okay! I know it's a bit of a sore spot in the Esperanto community if for no other reason than William Shatner more-or-less phoned it in! That being said, it's a decent B-movie from that era...albeit, a bit slow and...just...okay. Part of my goal since releasing my first modern-made 1950s-retro-styled film to be dubbed into Esperanto ("Attack of the Moon Zombies") is to make at least one Esperanto film that will be remembered as being a BETTER B-movie than "Incubus!"
Thank you for your time Chris, "Attack of the Moon Zombies" in Esperanto will be available for viewing on the 19th of May exclusively on Esperanto-TV. All of his DVD's are however already available for purchase at the insanely low price of $9.99 each, so head over to his online shop and purchase your copy today, and support this great addition to the Esperanto community.