|| CURRENT NEWS
February turned into a roller coaster with differing bouts of illness book-ending a very productive (albeit crazy) month.
The month began with some last-minute rescheduling on writer/director Christopher R. Mihm's next retro-styled masterpiece "Attack of the Moon Zombies" after star Mike Cook (Dr. Edwards) was sidelined with a severe respiratory illness.
Thankfully, things worked out in the end when, following Mr. Cook's recovery, principal photography on the film was unexpectedly completed three days earlier than originally planned after the cast and crew hunkered down and banged out 13 dialogue-heavy pages in a grueling 12-hour marathon shoot!
Just days before the end of the month, the cast and crew got together at actors Sid Korpi (Administrator Ripley) and Anthony Kaczor's (Dr. Phillips) house (the couple are married) to celebrate this important step in the film's creation. A Mardi Gras/New Orleans-style feast was prepared by Sid and, by all accounts, was extremely well received. Unfortunately, this is how the month was book-ended with illness as writer/director Christopher R. Mihm was unable to attend due to an intense bout with the flu. As of publication of this newsletter, he is still recovering but, according to him, is getting better every day.
Mr. Mihm has informed us that as soon as he is recovered enough to get back to work, he is only three scenes away from completing his final edit of "Attack of the Moon Zombies." He assures us that as soon as the film is complete, SaintEuphoria.com, the online home of the films of Christopher R. Mihm, will begin selling advance tickets to the now set-in-stone world premiere on May 25th at the Heights Theatre!
Lastly, we promised in the last newsletter that we'd reveal more details regarding the first Mihm-i-CON, the official Mihmiverse meet-up, but, alas... with the month being what it was, we're not QUITE ready to reveal all. Rest assured, with the completion of "Attack of the Moon Zombies" at hand, expect some firmer details VERY SOON!
For all the latest information about screenings, events, goings-on, and general news, make sure to frequent SaintEuphoria.com, the online home of the films of Christopher R. Mihm!
|| COUNTDOWN TO MOON ZOMBIES!
This month, we continue the series of monthly videos that follow two Mihmiverse superfans (Bob Arndt and Rob "Rod" Wartick) as they journey from Appleton, Wisconsin, to the set of the next Christopher R. Mihm film, "Attack of the Moon Zombies," in Minnesota. In this segment, we travel to the moon and meet the cast members who play Glen Hayes, Dr. Haterov, and Dr. Deering. You will also get to see more of writer/director Christopher R. Mihm in action behind the camera!
|| CLASSIC MOVIE OF THE MONTH
|Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957)
Directed by Roger Corman.
Starring Richard Garland, Pamela Duncan and Russell Johnson.
A team of scientists studying the effects of radiation on the flora and fauna of a remote Pacific island mysteriously disappear. A back-up team arrives to investigate and finds the island is being wracked by inexplicable seismic shocks. When members of the new team begin to vanish, the remaining scientists are plagued by the disembodied voices of their missing colleagues commanding them to go to a cave deep within the island. Intrigued, the team heeds the instructions and, once there, are shocked to find giant, radiation-mutated psychic crabs that are responsible for both the disappearances and the earthquakes. Plus, as an added bonus, they want to take over the world! This movie is a perfect example of the kind of low-budget, Z-grade drive-in "trash" that Roger Corman was infamous for. Everything about it screams "fast and cheap." The crab creatures themselves look like bad papier-mâché, the dialogue is ham-fisted and wooden, and the acting and directing is uneven and frequently laughable. Even the editing is questionable with no eye toward continuity (actors often appear to be wearing different outfits from shot to shot!) and, strangely, scenes that appear to end mid-conversation sometimes before the end of a sentence! From this description of the film, it sounds very much like something worth skipping but that's very far from the truth! "Attack of the Crab Monsters" is definitely the best of the very worst. It's so bad, you probably won't pay much attention to the actual story because you'll be too busy noticing all the flaws and laughing hysterically! This movie is definitely not to be missed!
Christopher R. Mihm
|| MEET THE ASSOCIATE PRODUCERS!
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 "Attack of the Moon Zombies," we will randomly choose and interview one of them.
This month, we interview Peter Flynn, who, in keeping with the retro theme, submitted a photo taken on genuine old-stock Polaroid film!
Introduce yourself to the Mihmiverse!
Hi. My name is Peter Flynn, and I am a computer programmer and hobbyist filmmaker living in San Diego. Regrettably, I missed out on the Saturday matinee B-movie experience as a young child, but I did get to see movies such as "Fantastic Voyage" and "2001: A Space Odyssey" during their initial theater runs. Let me tell you, it was mind blowing for a 6- or 7-year-old. Now, with the Mihmverse, I can relive that other childhood I didn't quite have.
When and how did you discover the films of Christopher R. Mihm?
I was looking though "personalized" recommendations on Netflix when "It Came From Another World!" caught my eye. I wasn't quite sure what to make of the film's description so I ordered it. My first reaction while viewing the DVD was, "Hey, I could do that!," followed by, "I wish I had done that," and by the end of the movie, "Where can I find more?!"
Which of the five released films is your favorite and why?
"It Came from Another World!" because it was my first and because of Deanne McDonald (Elizabeth) and her owls. (A family of owls lives in my chimney.) Also, I saw some of "The Blob" on TV when about 6 so "scary things from meteorites" has remained one of my fundamental fears to this day.
You recently became an associate producer of "Attack of the Moon Zombies." Why?
A) To see my name up in lights, or at least to be peripherally connected with something I am proud to be a associated with.
B) To supply a small bit of encouragement for what I personally know to be a difficult yet rewarding compulsion, er, hobby.
C) To assist in getting "Attack of the Moon Zombies" made so I can see it!
Interested in becoming an associate producer? For a miniscule monetary investment, all associate producers will get their names listed in the end credits of "Attack of the Moon Zombies," a pair of collector's tickets to the premiere, five copies of the film on DVD, and a frame-able certificate with their name and title perfect for your own "wall of fame!"
Visit the merchandise page at SaintEuphoria.com, the online home of the films of Christopher R. Mihm, for more information. Who knows? Maybe next month we'll be interviewing YOU!
|| CALENDAR OF EVENTS
|March 3, 10, 11, 18, & 24|
Go back to Bayside! Catherine Hansen (Yureena Null) performs in "The Saved by the Bell Show" at the Bryant Lake Bowl.
Bryant Lake Bowl, 810 West Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN
|March 4 through May 29|
Mike Cook (Gustav/Dr. Edwards) appears as "Albert Soady" in "Escanaba in Da Moonlight" at the Fanny Hill Dinner Theatre.
Fanny Hill Dinner Theatre, 3919 Crescent Avenue, Eau Claire, WI
|April 8-10 & 15-17|
Sid Korpi (Administrator Ripley) will be playing "Jeri Neal" in "The Dixie Swim Club," a comedy by the writers of "The Golden Girls."
Lakeville Area Arts Center, 20965 Holyoke Avenue, Lakeville, MN
|April 14-16, & 21-23 - 7:00pm|
Catherine Hansen (Yureena Null) stars in "Jaws: The Musical!"
Anodyne Arts, 825 Carleton Street, St. Paul, MN
Writer/director Christopher R. Mihm is scheduled to be a media guest of honor at the second annual CONstellation science fiction, fantasy, anime, and gaming convention in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Check out the convention's website for more information!
|| ONLINE, ETC.
|The always entertaining Sid Korpi (Administrator Ripley) has a bunch of interviews and appearances scheduled over the next couple months. Keep track of all her 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 (Sheriff Elliott/Jonathan) has a new music video online. He directed and edited "Space" for talented young singer/songwriter, Nikki Rodriguez.|
|The video for "Kaputt" by Destroyer, which features Rachel Grubb (Hagra/Amy), was featured in issue 1123 of Rolling Stone magazine!|
|Check out Douglas Sidney's (Dr. Collins) website at www.douglassidney.com and learn everything there is to know about the newest Mihmiverse star!|
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