From Monsters to Zombies to the Heights
By Paul Levy


The Moon Zombies are coming to the Heights.

B-movie maker Christopher Mihm -- who's made his mark with low-budget classics such as "The Monster of Phantom Lake," "It Came From Another World!" and "Cave Women on Mars" --will unveil his latest creation, "Attack of the Moon Zombies," tonight at the Heights Theater in Columbia Heights.

The Arden Hills creator of "Destination: Outer Space" and "Terror from Beneath the Earth" -- his last two productions, which also debuted at the Heights -- has a devoted fan base in the Twin Cities and beyond. Way beyond. Last year, Mitch Obrecht drove 14 hours from Omaha to help build sets for "Destination."

First Nebraska, now the moon.

So what can viewers expect?

"One of, if not the best, films I ever made," Mihm said.

"It's again another classically styled retro-type B movie," he said last week. "It's never stopped being fun. It always feels rewarding to me."

In fact, with this one, the father of four young children expects to break even. The Heights premiere is sold out -- a first -- and Mihm is hoping to line up a second local screening.

So what is this eventual classic, which took four months to shoot, about?

Mihm, who runs a small software company, says it's a scientific expedition on the moon in the 1970s. A strange alien plant sprays spores into the face of one of the scientists, killing him. But the scientist is reanimated -- as a leafy plant monster.

Want more? Here are some clues from the on-line poster for this soon-to-be epic:

"The most shocking motion picture of all time."

"An ancient evil returns to infect mankind ... on the moon."

"You'll never sleep again."

The Heights may never be the same.

Paul Levy • 612-673-4419