Artist Spotlight – Welcome To The Mihmiverse by DeDe Ruger
Christopher R. Mihm: Independent B-Movie Director
Welcome to the Mihmiverse, the other-worldy B-movie universe of writer/director Christopher R. Mihm. I sat down with him at a recent Grinkie photo session featuring some of his infamous 'monsters' and an bevy of beautiful pin up girls.
Christopher is somewhat unassuming and quiet, which I found quite charming especially considering the unbridled talent of the man, who writes, directs and edits his films. Filmed in color, and then converted to black and white, they have the look and feel of some of my favorite classics. When asked about his passion for the genre, he answers,
I wanted to make a movie for as long as I can remember. My father would tell these great stories of spending cold, small-town Minnesota winters in the warmth of his local movie house, taking in double features of trashy, B-grade science fiction and horror flicks. For a quarter he'd see double bills with such classics as "Village of the Damned" and "Them!"
I fondly remember watching [rented versions of] them with him and thoroughly enjoying these sometimes rare bonding experiences.
In the year 2000, at the young age of 51, after fighting the disease for only a year, my father lost his battle with stomach cancer. In the years since we lost him, I revisited many of these old movies and, sadly, realized they're just not the same without him there.
Seeing those old movies again, I began to truly fall in love. I enjoyed their stiff dialogue, sometimes (but not always!) wooden acting, stilted camera work and marginal (though often charming and occasionally ground-breaking) special effects. It was during one of these marathon movie-watching sessions I had an epiphany: "What would happen if I stopped thinking about making a movie and actually MADE ONEand not just ANY movie but THIS kind of movie, one that a ten year old version of my dad would approve of?"
The answer to that question is this: GENIUS. Christopher's films have won awards, critical acclaim, and maybe best of all, fans of all ages. I purchased the entire video library including "The Monster of Phantom Lake" (2006), "Cave Women On Mars" (2008), and my kids' favorite, "Attack of The Moon Zombies" (2011).
Much as described in his biography, I bonded with my kids (ages 13, 12, 10, 7 and 6) as they discovered these classic-styled horror movies, a genre I have loved since childhood. I watched them become engrossed, discuss the different plot points, and vow to make movies themselves. They are no B-movie slouches, able to debate the merits of the entire library of "Godzilla" movies, dating back to the 1950s, at length.
Christopher's newest movie, "The Giant Spider" will be released on May 22, at the historic Heights Theater (www.heightstheatre.com).
For more information, to buy tickets for the premier, or purchase DVDs of Mr. Mihm's films, go to www.sainteuphoria.com. May we also suggest you pick up the entire set and enjoy your very own movie marathon this Spring!