|| CURRENT NEWS
With less than sixty days before the big world premiere of "Destination: Outer Space," we've finally got a poster and man, is it a doozy! Designed by the incredibly talented artist known as TheDarkCloak, the image is instantly reminiscent of classic sci-fi posters, particularly the work of renowned poster-design guru Drew Struzan. The poster depicts several never-before seen characters and creatures from the new film, including some who have only been glimpsed in the official trailer.
In other "Destination: Outer Space" news, writer/director/editor Christopher R. Mihm has put the finishing touches on the final cut of the film. Of the few people lucky enough to have seen it, almost everyone has admitted their belief that this is his best film to date! The finished film clocks in at 94 minutes, ranking it as the second longest entry in the Mihmiverse. Needless to say, everyone here at the Phantom Lake Almanac, the official newsletter of the films of Christopher R. Mihm, CANNOT wait for the world premiere on May 25th at the Heights Theatre. Speaking of which, have you bought your advance tickets yet? Tickets are selling fast so if you haven't ordered yours yet, now would be a good time!
Meanwhile, writer/director Christopher R. Mihm has been frantically authoring the DVD to make sure it's done in time for the premiere. According to Mr. Mihm, the DVD is roughly halfway to completion and, happily, is ahead of schedule. We're told that along with the film itself, the DVD will include feature-length commentary with the writer/director, actor/producer Josh Craig (Captain Jackson), "monster-of-all-trades" Michael Kaiser, and "new monster on the block" Mitch Gonzales, a blooper reel, trailers, and much more. As soon as the disc is finalized and in the hands of the replication house, SaintEuphoria.com, the online home of the films of Christopher R. Mihm, will begin to take pre-orders. Otherwise, the DVD will be available on the day of and at the premiere!
Lastly, we're in the process of adding a whole host of screenings over the next couple of months. In addition to the "Destination: Outer Space" premiere, the film will screen over Memorial Day weekend as the third movie in a triple-feature at the Hi-way 18 Outdoor Theatre in Jefferson, Wisconsin! All previous Mihmiverse films have had the honor of screening at the Hi-way 18, and we'd like to personally thank owner/operator Lee Burgess for the opportunity to see these films where they truly belong -- at the drive-in! Also, it's still in the planning stages, but to give those out-of-town guests who will be attending the premiere a little something extra to do, we're in the process of setting up a special "day-after-the-premiere" (May 26th) screening of "The Monster of Phantom Lake" at the Mounds Theater in St. Paul! The event will be hosted by the Mihmiverse's "official" horror host Dr. Ivan Cryptosis, who was featured on the "Terror from Beneath the Earth" DVD. Exact details are still being worked out, but as soon as everything's set in stone, it'll be announced on the screenings page of the official website.
|| CLASSIC MOVIE OF THE MONTH
|The Unearthly (1957)
Directed by Boris Petroff.
Starring John Carradine and Allison Hayes.
Strange things are afoot in horror legend John Carradine's laboratory! Posing as a brilliant psychologist, Dr. Charles Conway owns a creepy house in the middle of nowhere where people go to "get away for a while" and deal with their "problems." Unfortunately, once they arrive and are deemed "worthy" of Dr. Conway's "treatments," their problems REALLY begin! Seems the good doctor (mad scientist, really) has come up with what he believes to be the secret... to life... itself! Apparently, it has something to do with glands, and if he can somehow create a new synthetic one and successfully implant it into the human body, people will live forever and/or never get sick. The problem is that every one of his unwilling guinea pigs/human subjects becomes a horrific mutant! The bulk of the story plays a bit like an old film noir, complete with classic character types and a great double-cross twist near the end. John Carradine does "creepy" like few others and the cast includes Ed Wood regular Tor Johnson as his simple, hulking assistant Lobo -- also the inspiration for war vet Michael Kaiser's nickname in "The Monster of Phantom Lake." The film is quite effective at building an atmosphere of uneasiness, with the final payoff bordering on "Twilight Zone" greatness. Overall, it's a wonderful classic creeper with what has to be one of the greatest posters ever... at least, if you're into that sort of thing!
Christopher R. Mihm
|| MEET THE ASSOCIATE PRODUCERS!
Welcome to the Meet the Associate Producers section of the newsletter! 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 "Destination: Outer Space," we will randomly choose and interview one of them.
This month we interview Paul and Marlys Javener, the owners (and operators) of the Stardust Drive-in Movie Theater located in Chetek, Wisconsin!
Introduce yourself to the Mihmiverse!
Paul and Marlys Javener are a middle-aged married couple from Chetek, Wisconsin. They are the creators, builders and owners of the Stardust Drive-in Movie Theater in Chetek, Wisconsin. Paul Javener also is a Cable Television designer, consultant and technician. Marlys is a Billing Specialist for the Mayo Clinic system, helping customers deal with insurance issues. The Stardust Drive-in Movie Theater, a 250-car, single-screen drive-in and the Javener's home were built by the couple from 2006-2008 on 19 acres. The drive-in operates from April to the first weekend in October, showing movies for the whole family to enjoy. The Stardust Drive-in Movie Theater has a very 1950s retro look and feel. Even the orginal 1950s national anthem and intermission films are still shown nightly.
When and how did you discover the films of Christopher R. Mihm?
We heard about the films through a friend named Ed Rubek. He told us about black and white 1950s-style movies being made in the area and being shown at the Hi-way 18 Outdoor Theatre located in Jefferson, Wisconsin.
Which of the four released films is your favorite and why?
We loved "Terror from Beneath the Earth." We were there in person for the premire and thought it was great. It brought back memories of watching black and white "monster" movies on the weekends on the "Dr. Paul Bearer show" or "Horror Incorporated."
You contributed to become an associate producer of "Desination: Outer Space." Why?
We love the feel of these movies. They are creative and take imagination. We love the fifties era. We have met the cast and crew and really appreciate the effort that they put in.
|| CALENDAR OF EVENTS
|Now through April 3|
Mike Cook (Gustav/Dr. Edwards) plays 9 different characters in the comedy "Red, White and Tuna" at the Fanny Hill Dinner Theatre.
Fanny Hill Dinner Theatre, 3919 Crescent Avenue, Eau Claire, WI
|April 2, 14 & 17 and May 21 & 29|
Shannon McDonough (Julie Ann Saint Marie) dances and sings for Ovation: A Tribute to the Music of Prince at various venues across Minnesota.
Check out the group's website at: ovationmusicgroup.com for specific locations, times and ticket information.
|April 8-11 & 15-18 - 7:00pm|
Deanne McDonald (Elizabeth) will be playing Dorothy in the Minnesota State University Mankato production of "42nd Street."
Admission is $14.50 for individuals, $13.00 for senior citizens, youths 16 and under, and groups of 15 or more and $10.00 for current Minnesota State students.
For more location and ticket information, visit MSUTheater.com.
|April 29-May 1 - 7:30pm|
Emma Danbury (Eema) will be appearing in the Woodbury High School production of "Hold Me," a comedy by Jules Feiffer.
Woodbury High School, 2665 Woodlane Drive, Woodbury, MN
|May 25th - 7:00pm|
"Destination: Outer Space" premieres at the Heights Theatre in Columbia Heights, Minnesota! The event is open to the public and the price of admission is $10.00 in advance or $5.00 at the door (if the event does not sell out beforehand). This is your chance to experience the film before the rest of the world, and enjoy a program complete with organ music from the "WCCO Mighty Wurlitzer," era-appropriate newsreels and trailers, appearances by most (if not all) of the cast and crew, and free cake, autographs and photos with characters from the film (so don't forget to bring your camera)! DVDs, posters and other merchandise will also be on sale at the event, and most (if not all) of the cast and crew will be in attendance!
Click here to purchase advance tickets!
The Heights Theatre, 3951 Central Avenue NE, Columbia Heights, MN
|May 28-30 - dusk|
Thanks in no small part to the overwhelming generosity of Lee Burgess, owner of eastern Wisconsin's greatest drive-in The Hi-way 18 Outdoor Theatre, "Destination: Outer Space" will continue the five-year-long Mihmiverse tradition by screening over Memorial Day weekend! The movie will screen as the third film of a triple-feature alongside both "How to Train Your Dragon" and "Shrek Forever After!"
The Hi-way 18 Outdoor Theatre, corner of Highway 18 & 89, Jefferson, WI
|| ONLINE NOW
|Keep track of all Sid Korpi's (Eh'donish Woman) signings, 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.|
|Justen Overlander (Jonathan/Sheriff Elliott) continues to work hard on his blog where he offers personal anecdotes and filmmaking links to those interested in the film industry: mn2la.blogspot.com.|
He also recently accepted a position with Examiner.com as the new Twin Cities Filmmaking Industry Examiner.
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