As the hot summer months drag on, production of the next Mihmiverse film, "Danny Johnson Saves The World," is well underway! Writer/director Christopher R. Mihm and his superb cast (all of whom, to date, are under the age of 12!) have been hard at work filming the kid-centric adventure that's being described as "1950s science fiction" meets "The Goonies!"

If you have yet to see it, writer/director Christopher R. Mihm was kind enough to provide the first official still from the film! Check it out below!

Based on this intriguing photo (featuring Alice Mihm as Danny's little sister Evelyn), a specific question enters our collective heads: What EXACTLY is young Danny going to be saving the world from!? Should everything come together production-wise, we'll all find out at the world premiere next year!

Danny Johnson Saves The World
Following the overwhelming success of previous contribution programs for writer/director Christopher R. Mihm's last five films, contributor credits are NOW AVAILABLE for the film!

For each $25.00 donation, all contributors will be entitled to having a single name* of their choosing listed in the contributors section of the closing credits of the film, a customized, frameable document certifying their participation in the program and a choice of one (1) copy of the finished film on DVD OR one (1) collector's ticket to the film's world premiere!

ALSO, for the first time ever, additional DVDs of the film and/or premiere tickets may be pre-ordered as "add-ons" ($10 each) with the purchase of at least one credit.

Contributor credits can even be given as gifts!

If you'd like to contribute to "Danny Johnson Saves The World," visit the contributor page at by clicking HERE!

*A single credit is defined as the name of one (1) person or corporate entity. Any credit requiring the word "and," an ampersand (&), and/or a comma (except when part of a legal company name) will constitute multiple credits and MUST BE paid for separately.

NOTE: The contributor program is an "equal exchange" program, which means specifically that those participating have NO SAY in the decisions or actions taken by anyone involved in the actual production of the film and are NOT entitled to ANY possible future profits earned by the film, derivative works, and/or merchandise created for or featuring elements from the film. Becoming an contributor does not entitle the participant to ANY ownership WHATSOEVER of the finished film or associated elements.

This was just too cool NOT to share!

Check out this amazing photo taken taken by writer/director Christopher R. Mihm outside the Colonial Theatre at the recent 2014 BlobFest in Phoenixville, PA! According to him, the event (which, as you can see from the marquee, featured a double feature of classic B-movie "The Blob" and Mr. Mihm's "The Giant Spider") was an all-around success and "one of the best classic film events in the country!"

Portions of "The Blob" (including the infamous "running from the movie theater" scene) were filmed at the Colonial Theatre.

The Late Night Double Feature DVD
The latest critically-acclaimed Mihmiverse film, "The Late Night Double Feature," is now available on DVD!

This all-region NTSC DVD contains an ultra-high-quality widescreen presentation of the film, English and Esperanto audio and subtitles and exclusive bonus features and featurettes, including a blooper reel, the official trailer, a photo gallery, previews, a film introduction by horror host Dr. Ivan Cryptosis, director's audio commentary, behind-the-scenes audio commentary with writer/director Christopher R. Mihm, Stephanie Mihm, James Norgard, Mitch Gonzales, Mark Haider, and Cherie "Rhuby" Gallinati, and more!

$9.99 (+$2.50 shipping & handling)

Check here if the shipping address is outside of the U.S.
Check here to include writer/director Christopher R. Mihm's autograph.*

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Phantom Lake Paddle Girls Signed Mini-Paddles
There's a very new, very cool and VERY rare Mihmiverse collectible now available!

These beautiful hand-crafted mini canoe paddles are signed by all four actresses (Cherie "Rhuby" Gallinati, Kira Pontiff, Ann Segar and Melissa Dirtzu) who played the Paddle Girls in the fan-favorite Mihmiverse film, "The Giant Spider!"

Only FOUR of these unique collectibles are available and were created by Oak Tree Arts.

$39.99 each
(+$9.99 shipping & handling)

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

The fabled, long-gestating Phantom Lake Paddle Girls episode of the Mihmiverse Bonfire Podcast has FINALLY come together and it is every bit as glorious as any Mihmivite could hope for! Writer/director Christopher R. Mihm takes over full hosting duties from Rhuby (who dons her "guest" hat) and, along with partner-in-crime Hater, delves deep into the four actresses who portray the Paddle Girls in "The Giant Spider:" Cherie "Rhuby" Gallinati, Kira Pontiff, Ann Segar and Melissa Dirtzu!

As one would expect, the episode quickly devolves into risqué (though hilarious) territory as the "Paddle Girls Home Game" is invented, it is revealed which of the four was "only in it to nab a Canoe Cop" and much, much more! PLUS, a very special guest stops by! Don't miss it!
Click here to download part 1Click here to download part 2

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!
  • The Trivia Corner
    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 Mihmiverse twist!
If you have any questions, comments or suggestions for other columns, OR if you're interested in writing one, please contact us at and let us know what you think!

Day the World Ended (1955)
Directed by Roger Corman
Starring Richard Denning and Lori Nelson

The world is decimated by an atomic war and a small band of disparate survivors huddle together in a remote mountain cabin. Tensions run high amongst them as they desperately attempt to find meaning in the aftermath of humanity's destruction. Though a perfect set-up for a deep examination of the human condition and the cold war, this is ultimately a Roger Corman movie. Thus, all depth is quickly (though lovingly) replaced by cheesy monster suits and even more dubious science when, naturally, the irradiated fallout causes anyone exposed to large enough doses to mutate into three-eyed creatures with telepathic abilities that want nothing more than to be wild, mutant animals. Seriously, that's the plot -- and it's great. The acting is way better than you'd expect, with B-movie veteran Richard Denning turning in a particularly noteworthy performance. The overall sense of dread and horror that would (I'm assuming) come with the end of the human race is there and quite effectively done. All in all, this film from "drive-in-movie-master" Roger Corman is surprisingly good, albeit still "bad-in-a-good-way." Definitely worth your time!
— Christopher R. Mihm

Don't like doing a lot of dishes night after night? Well, here is a tasty dish made all in one skillet—and it smells AMAZING while it cooks!

Skillet Arroz Con Pollo

  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup sherry or water
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 cups cubed cooked chicken breast
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 1/4 cup sliced ripe olives, drained
    NOTE: we left these out and it was still fantastic!
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
In a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, saute the onion, red pepper and garlic in oil for 1 minute. Add rice; cook and stir for 4-5 minutes or until lightly browned.

Stir in the broth, sherry, lemon peel, salt and cayenne. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15 minutes.

Stir in the chicken, peas and olives. Cover and simmer 3-6 minutes longer or until rice is tender and chicken is heated through. Sprinkle with cilantro.

Yield: 4 servings

My hungry monsters ate it all up! We gave it 5 out of 5 "Plutonian illusions." Enjoy with a fruit salad or gelatin mold—and don't forget your glass of milk! ENJOY!

You can find this recipe (and many more like it) and its corresponding nutrition information on the Taste of Home website!
— Stephanie Mihm

Kids Play the Darnedest Characters

Children have appeared in horror and sci-fi movies since the beginning of film. Once again this month, we salute the next Mihmiverse classic, "Danny Johnson Saves The World," with kid-related trivia, but this time we're looking for films where kids played an important and/or creepy role.

1. Marilyn Harris was 7 years old when she played Little Maria in this 1931 horror classic.

2. In 1956, 11-year-old Patty McCormack was nominated for an Academy Award for her creepy role in this Mervyn LeRoy film.

3. In 1958, 12-year-old Johnny Crawford—who went on to play the Rifleman's son on TV—starred in this film about kids, aliens and a rocket ship. His co-stars included Russell Johnson (The Professor)!

4. Several different children played the blond-haired, glowing-eyed telepathic "Cuckoos of Midwich" in this 1960 film starring George Sanders.

5. Also in 1960, 12-year-old Charles Herbert played "Buck Zorba" in this William Castle film about a haunted house. His co-stars included Margaret Hamilton (The Wicked Witch of the West).

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

— Mike Cook

August 1-3, 2014

Thanks to the "King of the Superfans" Mitch Obrecht (B'Kee), writer/director Christopher R. Mihm will be the filmmaker guest of honor at the 7th annual OSFest in Omaha, NE! Festivities will include screenings of all the films of the Mihmiverse, a screening of the Mihmiverse-inspired film "The Bequeather" (directed by Justen Overlander) and other Mihmiverse-themed events!

Ramada Plaza, 3321 South 72nd Street, Omaha, NE
August 8-10, 2014

Come hang out with writer/director Christopher R. Mihm at the Mihmiverse table at Flashback Weekend Chicago Horror Convention!

Crowne Plaza Chicago O'Hare, 5440 North River Road, Rosemont, IL
August 14, 2014 - 9:00PM

Come to a spectacular outdoor screening of "The Late Night Double Feature" (FREE!) at Music in Mears, a celebration of Minnesota music, movies, cuisine and beer!

Mears Park, 221 East 5th Street, St. Paul, MN
August 15, 2014 - 7:00PM

Join us for a special "Double-Triple Mihmiverse Feature" with a screening of "The Giant Spider" and "The Late Night Double Feature" (which, technically, is two films wrapped into one movie... hence "double-triple") in Burlington, WI! Writer/director Christopher R. Mihm (and other stars of the Mihmiverse) will be in attendance to rub elbows and chat!

Plymouth UCC, 124 West Washington Street, Burlington, WI

Ware Carlton-Ford's (Joe) Shadow Horse Theatre will be re-mounting a production of "Dreams of a Rarebit Fiend" (Hardcover Theater) at the Music Box Theatre for the Minnesota Fringe Festival, now through August 9th.
Now through August 10th, Catherine Hansen (Martha/Mary/Yureena Null) appears in "Don't Let Them See You Cry: The Failures and Successes (But Mostly Failures) of Daisy Kay McChubbins" for the 2014 Minnesota Fringe Festival. Click HERE for location, date, time and ticket information!
M. Scott Taulman (Sven) will be appearing in "Flushing New York" at U of M Rarig Center Thrust for the 2014 Minnesota Fringe Festival. Check the festival's website for date, time, location and ticket information!
Kira Pontiff (Paddle Girl #1) will be performing in a 2014 Minnesota Fringe Festival play, "Panties on My Head: Real Stories from MN Roller Derby." As with all Fringe shows, visit the festival's website for more information!
Shannon McDonough (Zita Marczak) will be perfoming with Anthony Shore's Elvis Tribute Band on August 9th at the VFW (tickets $10) in Hopkins, MN, August 14-15 at the Pioneer Place Theatre in St. Cloud, MN (performing a "Legends" show featuring Elvis, Cher, Marilyn Monroe, Patsy Cline, and more!), August 16 at the Parkway Theatre in Minneapolis, MN (tickets $15, $38 for a love seat) and a FREE show on August 20th at the Little Six Casino in Shakopee, MN.

Tickets and more info at!
Andy Wilkins (Doherty) will be performing as the Lord High Sheriff at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival (weekends August 16th through September 26th). In addition, she will be performing with Double-Blind Improv at Honey (205 East Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN) on August 21st and be running trivia at Tin Whiskers Brewing on Wednesdays from 7:00PM to 9:00PM through the 20th of this month, Summit Taproom the second Saturday of every month, and most Thursdays at the Green Mill in Lakeville, MN.
Deanne McDonald (Elizabeth) will be performing in two shows ("Comedy of Errors" and "Double Falsehood") with Unrehearsed Shakespeare in Chicago, IL this month. For times, admission and location information, please visit the Unrehearsed Shakespeare website!

"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," "The Giant Spider" and "The Late Night Double Feature" DVDs are now available at, 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!

The Trivia Corner answers:
1. "Frankenstein," 2. "The Bad Seed," 3. "The Space Children," 4. "Village of the Damned," 5. "13 Ghosts"


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