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By Coco Mault Wed., Jul. 13 2011 City Pages

Local filmmaker Christopher Mihm has come a long way since his 2006 horror flick, The Monster of Phantom Lake. Since then, he has used the magic of cinema to explore what happens when beasts and beautiful women clash in Cave Women on Mars, as well as other strange happenings in Destination: Outer Space. Mihm’s latest creature feature includes more mysterious and otherworldly happenings. Actor Mike Cook once again plays Dr. Vincent Edwards, a character who debuted in Terror from Beneath the Earth. This time, he finds himself looking for answers to a horrifying discovery. But instead of journeying underground to defend humanity against a mutant beast, he must set his sights skyward to fight the moon zombies. This Thursday, there will be a screening of Mihm’s latest creation, Attack of the Moon Zombies, at New Hope Cinema Grill. The film features a cast of local actors, and is sure to be a wry, tongue-in-cheek, B-movie thriller. What more could you want from a movie promising a “terrifying fusion of man and plant!”

Don’t miss this phenomenal opportunity! Preorder your tickets tonight for tomorrow’s screening: <www.sainteuphoria.com>

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Christopher R. Mihm’s “Attack of the Moon Zombies” is…”a definite ‘Must Buy,'” movie reviewer and host Darryl L. Pierce on “A Little Dead Podcast.

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We’re a ways into the broadcast, as host Darryl L. Pierce covers a lot of horror/sci-fi movie ground. Thanks for the auditory “thumbs up” review!

From a reviewer at  www.ZMDB.org!

Great Stuff
Attack of the Moon Zombies is a hilarious homage to the 1950s science fiction b movies and other types of films. There’s obvious nods to George Romero with calling the prodution company “All For George Productions.” The homages are also present in character names–Ripley from “Alien, “Ace” Frehley–rock group KISS, Dr. Huer, Rogers, Doering, Theopolis–Buck Rogers In The 25th Century. There’s also clear parallels to the Alien films with an evil corporation. This film was a great tribute. The costumes look very cheesy. It was perfect for 1950s movies. The acting was far from perfect, but that was deliberate and worked perfectly for the 1950s. I loved when the African-American guy says “I’m amazed I lived this long” and then promptly gets killed. It perfectly captured the tone of those old campy movies. Mihm certainly knows how to do those types of films well.

I give Attack of the Moon Zombies 8 out of 10.
by: Verhoskan

“Attack of the Moon Zombies” (2011) By Jason Coffman In 2006, Wisconsin-based filmmaker Christopher R. Mihm released his first feature film “The Monster of Phantom Lake.” A loving tribute to the 1950s creature features Mihm grew up watching with his father, Mihm’s first film established the blueprint for his subsequent oeuvre: low-budget black & white features shot on the cheap that aim not to ironically appropriate the look and feel of 1950s genre cinema, but to actually replicate that look and feel as an end in itself. Each of Mihm’s films— with titles such as “Cave Women on Mars” and “Terror from Beneath the Earth”— build on and add to an overarching mythology and world that has been earning his work a cult following of like-minded fans who grew up on and love the same b-movies that inspired him. Mihm’s latest film, “Attack of the Moon Zombies,” is no exception and may also be his most technically accomplished film yet. In the not-too-distant future on the Jackson Lunar Base, Dr. Vincent Edwards (Mike Cook) is on the eve of retirement. While training his young replacement, Glen Hayes (Michael Kaiser), the two men find a long-dormant plant hidden in a cave on the lunar surface. They return it to the laboratory of the Base Botanist Dr. Hackett (Shannon McDonough) and report the find to Base Administrator Ripley (Sid Korpi). Once removed from the lunar surface and its deadly radiation, the plant springs to life and the scientists learn the hard way that the plant’s spores cause paralysis and death in short order, followed by reanimation as a plant-like zombie! Soon the Moon Zombies have overrun the Base, constantly thwarting Dr. Collins’ (Douglas Sidney) attempts to propose to Dr. Hackett and resulting in the shutdown of radiation shields over two-thirds of the base. A small group of survivors must figure out a way to reach the shield controls and wipe out the Moon Zombies in time for the next supply ship to arrive and take them home. Too bad the base is absolutely crawling with monsters and time is running out— can our heroes save themselves and end the Moon Zombie threat? Shot in “era-appropriate black & white” on digital video, “Attack of the Moon Zombies” looks a bit sharper than Mihm’s other films, but that may be because it’s almost entirely shot on sterile interior sets. The Lunar Base is all white walls, plastic lawn chairs and automatic sliding doors, probably making lighting a bit easier and more consistent than in the outdoor locations that make up much of Mihm’s previous films. The cast is mostly made up of alumni from Mihm’s previous films (and includes his wife Stephanie), and the lo-fi sets, costumes and monster make-up all add to the film’s considerable charm. The Moon Zombies themselves are perfectly realized, looking exactly as cheap as they should (they appear to be masks and gloves) without being too goofy to generate some genuine tension. Mihm absolutely nails the tone and dialogue of his 50’s inspirations, and the game cast does a great job across the board. Aside from the crisp DV picture, the only tip-offs that the film isn’t from the same decade as “It Conquered the World” are the sly pop culture references (be sure to note all the characters’ names!) and the use of some simple CG animation early in the film instead of cardboard-tube space ships and Christmas-light stars. While “Attack of the Moon Zombies” may be most fun for “Mihmiverse” converts— it really does pay to watch all the films and pay careful attention— any fan of classic sci-fi and horror films will find a lot to like, and this is a great introduction to Mihm’s work. Learn more about “Attack of the Moon Zombies” and Christopher R. Mihm’s other films at his official website: www.sainteuphoria.com.

Jason Coffman is a film writer living in Chicago. He writes reviews for Film Monthly and “The Crown International Files” for Criticplanet.org as well as contributing to Fine Print Magazine (www.fineprintmag.net).

Check it out. That’s my armpit you see trying to overshadow Shannon McDonnough in the glamor department! Remember to get your tickets NOW for the only other theatrical showing of the movie currently scheduled in the Twin Cities: Thursday, July 14, at the New Hope Cinema Grill. Don’t miss out a second time if you didn’t make the premiere!—Sid

Star Tribune June 1, 2011

RJDiogenes wrote on the Trek BBS site: “For those of you who are fans of of Drive-In B-Movies from the 50s (and homages thereof), we have Attack Of The Moon Zombies. This is the latest film by Christopher Mihm, all of which are set in the same growing universe.

“The films are quite humorous, but not in the same way as, say, Larry Blamire’s movies, like Lost Skeleton Of Cadavra. Most retro pastiches go heavy on the parody, but Mihm plays it mostly straight; if you came across any of these movies on TV, it would take you a few minutes to realize you’re not watching a genuine old flick. And, best, he treats his characters with respect; there’s an emotional investment that is genuine and gives the audience something to care about beyond a simple homage.

“Anyway, my copy of Moon Zombies just came today, so I haven’t seen it yet, but I’ll be getting to it soonest.”

Followed by this response after his viewing the movie: “Well, I was certainly not disappointed in ‘Moon Zombies.’ It was as good and entertaining as I anticipated. The casting is great-—Mihm seems to have a knack for that. Mike Cook is as classic a character actor as anyone could hope to find and the rest of the cast is wonderful to watch as well, especially Shannon McDonough and Sid Korpi. As I noted above, Mihm brings real Human pathos and feeling to the wonderful campiness and cheese of the B-Movie universe. I wish that Sciffy would show these movies and bring them to a wider audience.”

To which OmahaStar responded: “Cheese? What cheese? I don’t know what you could possibly be referring to. There’s no cheese in Mihm’s movies. Ok, maybe a tiny little bit of cheddar, but that’s all. I’m glad you liked it. I was at the premiere on Wednesday (haven’t missed one yet, this was the fourth one for me), and it was completely sold out. I’m glad you pointed out how great Sid is. She’s remarkable, and … Ok, I’m sorry, but it takes one hell of an actor to pull off the line ‘All-out space plant zombie attack’ and keep a straight face. That line got massive applause. Now, for those who aren’t familiar with the Moon Zombies movie, here’s a little info … It’s the 70s. The President (Jackson, from the previous movies) has a scientific moonbase named after him. The station is full of doctors, including Dr. Vincent Edwards, who is only a few days from retirement. His replacement, who is the son of a man he once knew back on Earth, is every bit as brilliant, and finds a strange plant in a cave not far from the base. The plant seems to kill people … only, they don’t stay dead. They become … moon zombies. As with all of Mihm’s movies, it’s an homage to B-movies from the 50s, and is probably his best movie so far. Sid previously appeared as one of Adam’s people in Destination: Outer Space. Here, she plays the station’s Administrator. Shannon previously played Julie Ann St. Marie Jackson. Here, she plays a new character, and she goes platinum blond. Mike Cook has appeared in every film except Cave Women, though as different characters. He is the most well-known actor, having appeared in series such as Prison Break, and movies such as Fred Claus. The movies are designed so that they can be watched separately and enjoyed without needing to have knowledge of the others.”

Check out this month’s Phantom Lake Almanac, the newsletter of director Christopher R. Mihm. It contains movie reviews, news on upcoming screenings of “Attack of the Moon Zombies” and a link to the first-ever Mihmiverse Bonfire Podcast with me as the guest! Sign up to be on the emailing list yourself at <www.sainteuphoria.com>—Sid

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   THE MOON ZOMBIES HAVE LANDED!

Wow. Few words in the English language exist that can adequately describe the palpable wonder and excitement of the “Attack of the Moon Zombies” world premiere. It was truly THATincredible! Were you lucky enough to be there? Did you enjoy it? Was it everything you were hoping for… and more?For all of us here at the Phantom Lake Alamanac, and by extension, SaintEuphoria.com, the online home of the films of Christopher R. Mihm, the “Attack of the Moon Zombies” premiere was something… special. We’ve attended all six (!) Mihmiverse premieres and we can honestly say that this was, by far, THE BEST of the bunch. As for the film, we can truthfully say, after having seen it multiple times, “Attack of the Moon Zombies” is writer/director Christopher R. Mihm’s most entertaining and downright impressive film to date!Here are a few quotes from a pair of reviews of the film (and the premiere itself) that recently appeared online:

“…a hilarious and well-orchestrated send-up of sci-fi films and their audiences. It’s as if you’re participating in a live episode of “Mystery Science Theater 3000.” “Attack of the Moon Zombies,” much like Mihm’s other films, is a love-letter to cinematic cheddar played to the hilt.”

— Jay at Exonauts!, Far-out, Sci-fi Adventuring

“There was much to appreciate in this, Mihm’s sixth film. Once again, Mihm stayed faithful to his premise—making a cheesy film with no onscreen violence, no swearing with a “Star Wars” reference or two and a cameo appearance. That word ‘cheesy’ is his own as in his statement, “I love to make cheesy films for the sake of knowing exactly what they are with no pretense.” The thing is, these films are so much more than that to an audience that has been bombarded with high-tech, overly-graphic, 3D-infested assaults on the senses. In short, these ‘cheesy’ films are a welcome antithesis to all that, confined to the basics of filmmaking. Story, acting, directing, special effects and music.”

— Darrell Moen, Minneapolis Movies Examiner

All in all, it was a night well worth remembering! Below is a small sampling of photos from the event! From left to right, top to bottom: a line forms outside the theater, moon zombie cake, then, most of the cast of the new film!

In addition to the world premiere of the new Mihmiverse film, “Attack of the Moon ZombiesALSO held its very successful drive-in premiere over the Memorial Day weekend at the Hi-way 18 Outdoor Theatre in Jefferson, Wisconsin! In addition to writer/director Christopher R. Mihm, several stars of the film showed up at different stages of the three-day event, including Mike Cook (Dr. Edwards), Stephanie Mihm (Dr. Rutherford), Sid Korpi (Administrator Ripley), Anthony Kaczor (Dr. Phillips), Michael Kaiser (Glen Hayes) and, as can be seen in the photos below, a moon zombie!

If you have not yet seen “Attack of the Moon Zombies,” WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?! If you are even REMOTELY a fan of writer/director Christopher R. Mihm’s films (or, really, movies in general), you absolutely NEED to either order a copy on DVD AS SOON AS IS HUMANLY POSSIBLE, or find a screening near you and GO! (And bring all your friends and family—they’re going to love it, too!)

   CURRENT NEWS

Now that “Attack of the Moon Zombies” has officially arrived, a handful of new screenings has been added to the calendar!

First on the list is the June 11th Mihmiverse Double Feature at the Time Community Theater in Oshkosh, Wisconsin! Both Mihmiverse films starring Mike Cook as Dr. Vincent Edwards (“Attack of the Moon Zombies” and “Terror from Beneath the Earth!”) will screen back-to-back, with a little intermission comedy from the event’s host Dr. Ivan Cryptosis, the official horror host of the films of Christopher R. Mihm!

In addition, several familiar faces from the new film are slated to appear, including star Mike Cook (Dr. Edwards), Robert Arndt (Dr. Banks), Michael Kaiser (Glen Hayes), Rob Wartick (Dr. Rod), and writer/director Christopher R. Mihm. Also guaranteed to be there: the monsters from both films! This is a unique, family-friendly fun event that is NOT to be missed! Check out the poster featured here for more info!

A week later on June 19th, “Attack of the Moon Zombies” will screen—in Esperanto!—at the Annual National Esperanto Congress, Esperanto-USA, at the Woodfin Hotel, Emeryville, California!

The evening’s program will consist of a banquet and auction, followed by the newest full-length Mihmiverse film presented in the alternate spoken audio track available on the film’s DVD! If you’re near Emeryville, make sure to come down and check out writer/director Christopher R. Mihm’s newest film in this truly unique presentation!

Last on the list of currently scheduled screenings: “Moon ZombiesRevisited!

After the smashing success of the sold-out world premiere, demand is high for more public Twin Cities screenings of the new film. Luckily, we’ve arranged for a very special “dinner-and-a-movie” event at the New Hope Cinema Grill at 7:00pm on July 14th!

Located in a suburb of Minneapolis, the New Hope Cinema Grill is a full-service restaurant with three showrooms that offers a variety of entertainment—including movies, live standup comedy, sporting events, and now… the films of Christopher R. Mihm! The New Hope Cinema Grill is also one of the few select establishments serving Surly beer on tap!

This screening of the newest (and best) Mihmiverse film is in the perfect setting for the whole family. For only $15 a ticket, you’ll be treated to a screening of “Attack of the Moon Zombies” and a kid-friendly pizza/salad/pop buffet. PLUS, alcoholic beverages will be sold onsite to make the evening that much more enjoyable for the grown-ups. And if that weren’t enough, we’re in the process of planning some extra fun, games, giveaways, and an appearance by the film’s title monsters!

Family-friendly Mihmiverse B-movie excitement, dinner, fun and games, monsters and beer! What more could one ask for in an affordable evening’s entertainment!?

Advance tickets for this event are now available at SaintEuphoria.com, the online home of the films of Christopher R. Mihm!

Remember, the “Attack of the Moon Zombies” world premiere sold out a 400-seat theater very quickly, and the New Hope Cinema Grill only seats 150! DO NOT HESITATE! Order your tickets TODAY or risk missing out AGAIN!

Don’t live in the Twin Cities? Why not check with an independently owned theater near you about hosting a Mihm-movie-night event? If you can successfully book a screening of one or more Mihmiverse films in your area, you’ll earn a $25 gift certificate to put toward any merchandise featured on the merchandise page at SaintEuphoria.com, the online home of the films of Christopher R. Mihm! Please contact us at info@sainteuphoria.com for more information on availability and for help (if needed). And, depending on scheduling and distance, writer/director Christopher R. Mihm and a monster or two may even make it to your event!

There’s something new and exciting going on at SaintEuphoria.com: the new Mihmiverse Bonfire Podcast! Moderated by hosts “Rhuby ‘n’ Hater,” this free-to-download monthly audiocast features exclusive news, interviews with the folks who make the Mihmiverse possible, shameless self-promotion, and original, reccuring content!

Our inaugural guest, Sid Korpi!

The premiere episode of the Mihmiverse Bonfire Podcast features intrepid hosts Rhuby ‘n’ Hater recording around a REAL backyard bonfire! In addition to some Mihmiverse updates with writer/director Christopher R. Mihm, this episode features Sid Korpi (pictured at left), the actress earning rave reviews for her turn as Administrator Ripley in the just released “Attack of the Moon Zombies!”

Also included: “Feelings,” the first of many bad poems from writer/director Christopher R. Mihm, a mock commercial for Old Man Yates Whiskey and a new “Moon Zombies“-inspired “Monster Word of the Day” with Michael Kaiser!

Click here to download last month’s episode
The Mihmiverse Bonfire Podcast was created as a supplement for this newsletter and will be released on or around the 15th of every month! Scheduled to appear on the June episode is the “king of the Mihmiverse monsters,” Michael Kaiser! Hear him speak and tell his side of the story!

Lastly, it is important to note that we will soon be “retiring” some of the Mihmiverse plushies to make room for new ones! If you haven’t purchased these fine collectibles yet, now is the time because they WILL NOT last forever!

To purchase your set of Mihmiverse monster plushies, visit the collectibles section of the SaintEuphoria.com merchandise page!

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!

   CLASSIC MOVIE OF THE MONTH

First Man into Space (1959)
Directed by Robert Day
Starring Marshall Thompson, Bill Edwards, and Marla Landi

During the inaugural flight of the experimental Y-13 spacecraft, hotshot pilot Dan Prescott (Bill Edwards) ignores orders and takes the craft twice as far as he was supposed to. During his record-breaking climb, he passes through a cloud of mysterious meteorite dust that shuts down his ship and forces him to crash land in the New Mexico desert. When the proper authorities arrive to secure the craft and pilot, they find only the ship—strangely covered in a hard-to-break, impenetrable-to-all-technologies, rock-like crust. Later that evening, weirdness begins to happen in the nearest town as the local blood bank is violently broken into, a nurse is killed, and much of the blood disappears! Next, local cows are found dead and completely drained of blood, and stories of a hideous monster begin to surface. When a shred of evidence is discovered linking the burglary, cattle mutilations, and the experimental aircraft, the pilot’s brother and girlfriend begin to piece together the true story of what may have happened to Dan Prescott—and it’s as cheesy and “terrifying” as any classic B-movie fan can imagine! Despite trying a little too hard to be serious, and taking into account the B-movie “cheese factor,” “First Man into Space” succeeds in being a well-put-together film. The monster costume is very cool and unique, albeit painfully obvious very early on what it is and what created it. One thing this movie really has going for it is the ending. Many low-budget monster films of the 1950s end with the creature being defeated in some asinine way (quicksand, anyone?), but this film definitely has a cool conclusion you may not be expecting. “First Man into Space” is a solid, entertaining film that I recommend wholeheartedly! Check it out if you’ve never seen it!


— Christopher R. Mihm
   CALENDAR OF EVENTS

June 11 – doors at 5:30pm, movies at 6:30pm

Hosted by the official horror host of the Mihmiverse, Dr. Ivan Cryptosis, “Attack of the Moon Zombies” and “Terror from Beneath the Earth” will screen as a double-feature at the Time Community Theaterin downtown Oshkosh.Time Community Theater, 445 North Main Street, Oshkosh, WI
June 19 – 9:00pm

Attack of the Moon Zombies” will be screened in Esperanto during the Annual National Congress, Esperanto-USA. This event is open to the public.Landa Kongreso, Esperanto-USA, June 17–20, 2011, San Francisco, CAWoodfin Hotel Emeryville, 5800 Shellmound Street, Emeryville, CA

For advance registration for the congress, visit: http://esperanto-usa.org/

June 21–August 6

M. Scott Taulman (Sven) will appear in the Old Log Theater production of the “The Reluctant Dragon.”Old Log Theater, 5185 Meadville Street, Greenwood, MN
June 27 – 6:30pm

Gehenna,” a film featuring James Norgard (Dr. Gabriel) premieres at the Heights Theatre.The Heights Theatre, 3951 Central Avenue NE, Columbia Heights, MN
July 14th – 7:00pm (Click here to purchase advance tickets)

Attack of the Moon Zombies” screens at a very special “dinner-and-a-movie” event at the New Hope Cinema Grill.New Hope Cinema Grill, 2749 Winnetka Avenue North, New Hope, MN
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In addition to a June 7th appearance (8:00pm) on blog talk radio show Talk 2 the Animals with host Janet Roper, 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.
In addition to providing the Mihmiverse featurette on the “Attack of the Moon ZombiesDVD, Justen Overlander (Sheriff Elliott/Jonathan) has released a series of articles and video interviews with Christopher R. Mihm. The latest article and video, in which Mihm offers his take on success, can both be found here. Upstart filmmakers can take Mihm’s advice to “just do it” as he states in this article and video. And for insight into “Attack of the Moon Zombies” and the entire Mihmiverse, check out the first of Justen’s interviewswith the prolific writer/director/producer.Be sure to subscribe to Justen’s Minneapolis Independent Filmmaking Industry column. You’ll be notified the moment the exclusive interview with the man behind the Mihmiverse monster masks, Michael Kaiser, is released sometime this June!
Maggie Schultz (Dr. Deering) is now participating in #teamphotoblog on Twitter and will be posting a new photo to her blog (www.bymaggie.com) five days a week. Make sure to visit her site often to check out the latest updates!
   DID YOU KNOW?

The Monster of Phantom Lake,” “It Came From Another World!,” “Cave Women on Mars,” “Terror from Beneath the Earth,” “Destination: Outer Space,” and “Attack of the Moon Zombies” DVDs are now available at SaintEuphoria.com, the online home of the films of Christopher R. Mihm. In addition, “The Monster of Phantom LakeCollector’s Edition DVDs, exclusive movie posters, patches and other merchandise are now in stock. Everything is available in extremely limited quantities, so get yours today before they run out!

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My friends and Petlitzer Prize colleagues, Robert and Michelle Forto, traveled from far and wide to share the singular experience that is a Christopher R. Mihm movie premiere. Read what Robert had to say about the gala event.—Sid

Attack of the Moon Zombies World Premiere!

All of us like good entertainment. But would you fly 3000 miles and have your wife drive 15 hours and almost 1000 miles to meet you for a secret rendezvous in the Twin Cities just to go to a movie?

We did.

To be fair it was part of a meeting with an editor friend for a book project that I am working on and a road trip to Deadwood, South Dakota and then home to Denver for a couple weeks before I head back to Alaska.

The movie was the world premiere of Christopher R. Mihm’s Attack of the Moon Zombies!

Moon Zombies premiered at the Heights theater in Columbia Heights, MN. The Heights is one of those cool old school-type theaters that our great country is losing at alarming rate, giving way to I-Max, 3-D and twenty screen stadium seating multiplexes. What a shame.

There was a line around the block waiting to get into the sold out performance and even included reporters Bob and Rob asking us what we were wearing and asking goofy questions. They weren’t Joan and Melissa Rivers but close…

Before the show Dr. Ivan Cryptosis emceed introducing the film and the man behind the madness, Christopher R. Mihm.

[Listen to Attack of the Moon Zombies Interview on Dog Works Radio]

The movie was everything that we would expect from Mihm. True to form bringing back some of his characters from previous films and that quirky 50s drive-in horror/sci-fi style that kept the sold out audience on the edge of their seats.

Moon Zombie’s peppered humor with some serious acting from Sid Korpi (Administrator Ripley), Mike Cook as Dr. Vincent Edwards and the fan favorite, Michael Kaiser as Glen Hayes.

What would a 50s-style B-Movie be without a damsel in distress? Of course Moon Zombies covers this with a brilliant performance my Shannon McDonough and her screams!

Of course we have to have a monster. In Moon Zombies we have plenty of cabbage-headed zombies lurking around that scoop up their victims as quick as you can toss a salad. With Mihm’s trademark bug eye’s the monsters paid a great homage to those creatures from the films of yesteryear. While the effects are cheesy and low budget (they are supposed to be) they work!

After the film they gave out schwag and a meet and greet with the stars and a reception followed with cupcakes and an ultra-cool Moon Zombie’s themed cake that would give Food Network’s Ace of Cake’s a run for their money.

Even though I was going on 24 hours without sleep at the time of the movie I would have to say that this movie kept my attention and was some of Mihm’s best work.

This type of filmmaking is what the world needs these days. It is just plain fun. Fun for the whole family in fact. Yes, the effects are corny and the million dollar sets and CGI of today’s big budget features are in a far off land, but that doesn’t discourage Mihm. Moon Zombie’s was filmed almost entirely in Mihm’s basement.

The Mihmiverse is deliberate and out of this world. You have to check this guy out. You can buy all of his work on his website for less than 10 bucks a piece. Few independent filmmakers have put out a movie a year like Mihm has since his first effort in 2006 with The Monster from Phantom Lake. I would venture to guess that few have been as successful as Mihm in his passion and it shows.

Info 101: at the movies 99: Attack of the Moon Zombies premiere!

  • May 27th, 2011 9:42 pm CT

Darrell Moen

  • Minneapolis Movies Examiner

Greetings local film lovers!  Welcome to the Mihm-iverse that is uniquely Christopher R. Mihm’s world.  Please subscribe to the various pages to keep up with the local film scene.  Thank you!

“ATTACK OF THE MOON ZOMBIES” PREMIERE at the Heights Theater.

The premiere of Christopher R. Mihm’s newest film “Attack of the Moon Zombie’s” was promoted on this page as a major event.  A never-before-seen film.  Members of the cast in attendance.  Collectible merchandise for sale.  A moon zombie available for photographs.  Real red carpet sort of stuff a la Hollywood in the Midwest.  While seated off to the side instead of the usual choice of fourth row center, one was afforded a chance to study the audience during the film.  To gauge the response to onscreen events.  To see if everyone was enjoying it just as much.  The really interesting part of that perspective was the face of the7-8-year-old girl seated behind and to the left who was enjoying the presentation as much as or more than eveyone else.

It’s uncertain whether or not she got all the double-entendre contained in the cleverly-crafted dialogue.  It’s a dead cert she hasn’t seen all the movies referenced in the story-line.  What’s important is that look of unadulterated appreciation for a well-made source of entertainment that she witnessed along with a mostly adult audience.

There was much to appreciate in this, Mihm’s sixth film.  Once again, Mihm stayed faithful to his premise-making a cheesy film with no onscreen violence, no swearing with a “Star Wars” reference or two and a cameo appearance.  That word ‘cheesy’ is his own as in his statement, “I love to make cheesy films for the sake of knowing exactly what they are with no pretense”.  The thing is these films are so much more than that to an audience that has been bombarded with high-tech, overly-graphic, 3D-infested assaults on the senses.  In short, these ‘cheesy’ films are a welcome antithesis to all that, confined to the basics of filmmaking.  Story, acting, directing, special effects and music.

This cast included some brilliant performers who got the point and played it to the hilt.  Shannon McDonough gives a nearly flawless if somewhat subdued interpretation of a botanist on a scientific expedition that is beleagured by a lunar plant that blows spores in the faces of its victims, turning them into hideous zombies.  She is one of several personnel under the supervision of Administrator Ripley, played expertly by Sid Korpi.  Ms. Korpi’s command of the lengthy but pointedly satirical dialogue was eloquent and hilarious.

One side-story revolved around the retirement of one of the base’s doctors played by Mike Cook.  Cook’s performance was also subdued which made it that much more poignant.  His soon-to-be replacement’s presence enhanced Cook’s always strong presence.

As various charcters are zombified, the situational comi-drama takes center stage.  The movie references and double-entendre flow freely and Ms. McDonough’s personna shines based on the strength of her boyfriend and would-be husband played by Douglas Sidney.  The second main sub-story, his various failed attempts to pop the question, is itself a hilarious take-off of sevral films and sitcoms.  Sidney’s less-than-subtle mugging for the camera only helps his delivery.  It would’ve been great to watch the rehearsal sessions to see how long it took these actors to keep a straight face while delivering these lines.  It’s that sort of small thing that elevates films like this above ‘cheesy’.

As susual, that’s all you get for free.  It’s not a critic’s job to tell you the story.  Chris set up his website (www.sainteuphoria.com) to make it easier to add all six films to your collection.  They’re all locally-made with local actors who take pride in their talents.  Cheesy or not, it’s ultra-cool to be able to share a film experience that everyone can enjoy.

Which brings it all back to the 7-8 year old.  She wasn’t all that impressed with all the hoopla or the moon zombie in person.  When asked by her mother if she wanted a photo taken with the moon zombie, the young lady responded, “Can I kick him?”  Her mother denied this request quite firmly to which the now long-faced young lady said, “Then forget it.  If I can’t kick him, I’m not going.”  So much for hoopla but a very lucky moon zombie’s shins are intact as they should be given the director’s assurance that none were injured during filming.

Ms. Korpi’s interview can be found in at the movies #76; Mr. Mihm’s in at the movies #78; Ms. McDonough’s in at the movies #91.  Stay tuned for more interviews and follow-ups now that this film is available.  It’s that good, folks.

As always, seeya at the movies…

Voyage #6 into the Mihm-iverse: Attack of the Moon Zombies!Voyage #6 into the Mihm-iverse: Attack of the Moon Zombies!

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Partial poster from http://www.sainteuphoria.com website, used by permission of Christopher R. Mihm.

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Please read this guy’s blog review of the premiere of “Attack of the Moon Zombies.” Woohoo! I got my first rave review!!!

 

I Survived an “Attack of the Moon Zombies!”

Last night I had the thrill of attending the premiere of Twin Cities filmmaker Christopher Mihm’s Attack of the Moon Zombies (AotMZ, hereafter) locally-made film. It’s a throwback to the classic sci-fi flicks of the 50s and 60s and employs all the trappings of the era (glorious B/W, over-dramatized musical score, lovingly dopey visual effects and monsters, and of course–gloriously hamfisted acting!

The Heights’ organist: pre-show entertainment!

Mihm’s been at the homebrew filmmaking game for several years now and AotMZ marks his sixth entry in to the “Mihm-verse” (as he’s dubbed it), his personal pantheon of original science fiction digital cinema. This is my second venture in the the Mihm-verse, my introduction began with Destination: Outer Space. This time I was sure to drag my wife and a friend along to experience what I’d been yapping about since last year.

I’ll be honest– I envy this guy! Every year he releases a new film he made with his friends, family, local thespians, and cinemaniacs and holds a “WORLD PREMIERE” at the historic Heights Theater in NE Minneapolis. The Heights is an old-fashioned (and well cared for) movie house with stage curtain and house organ intact (we were treated to a 30 minute performance prior to the show last night).

Laughing at–and with–films from another era

The film itself was preceded by old news reels, previews from horrendous/classic sci-fi films, and one of his older films. I won’t go into a full review here (or spoil), but the plot centers around a claustrophobic moonbase “in the future” staffed by unwitting scientists who become “moon zombie” prey after discovering an alien plant hidden in a lunar cave (think John Carpenter’s The Thing, but the moon stands in for Antarctica).

The brussel-sprout-headed undead aliens are the true stars of the film, lumbering towards our cowering heroes in spectacular Plan 9 From Outer Space fashion. The film uses well-worn movie cliches (i.e., camera freely gliding over a slow moving hand about to reveal a corpse-under-the-sheet surprise) to great effect. Short of some stilted dialogue in the beginning, the result is a hilarious and well-orchestrated send-up of sci-fi films and their audiences. It’s as if you’re participating in a live episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000. AotMZ, much like Mihm’s other films, are a love-letter to cinematic cheddar played to the hilt.

Rubber and latex BEMs, deadly radiation, and silly subplots about marriage proposals, round out the the film’s retro sci-fi caricature. Sprinkled throughout were nuggets of pop culture in-jokes (sci-fi and music mostly) that kept our little group laughing after the credits.

AotMZ boasts an impressive cast of thespians–most notably Mike Cook and Sid Korpi in standout performances as an avuncular senior scientist and a hard-nosed-moon-base-administrator-with-a-golden heart, respectively. Douglas Sidney and Shannon McDonough seem to relish their purposefully 2D portrayals as love interests/leads. Sidney punctuates every scene he’s in with silent goony-faced expressions and McDonough is a twirling, sobbing, wreck of a woman straight out of a 50s soap opera acting class.

‘Moon Zombies, a delicious treat

Seeing the film with his actors, crew, and loved ones must be a huge high for Mihm–as everyone bursts out into laughter, groans, and applauds along with the on-screen action. After we’ve all taken in the hilarity, he offers DVDs of the flick (all of them actually) for a few bucks along with posters, t-shirts, patches, and more. The literal icing on the cake: a a moon + zombie cake, cupcakes, and cookies. Filmmaker, cast, crew, and co-conspirators alike were of course on hand to meet the audience, sign autographs, and ladle thanks on fans for supporting what I’m glad is now a Twin Cities tradition.

In an age of over-produced, financially fire-hosed movies, it’s an absolute delight to not only see independent/locally supported films, but also participate in an event that celebrates imagination, science fiction, and an unabashed love of the movie-going experience. I look forward to exploring new corners of the Mihm-verse next year!

Learn more:
Saint Euphoria Films (Mihm’s production company)
Keep up with the Mihm-verse on Facebook

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