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Christopher R. Mihm’s “Attack of the Moon Zombies” Wins Numerous B-Movie Awards

“Attack of the Moon Zombies,” a B&W 1950s-drive-in-style creature feature film by writer/director Christopher R. Mihm, took a record six Dead Letter Awards in this year’s competition.
 
Attack of the Moon Zombies by Christopher R. Mihm
Attack of the Moon Zombies by Christopher R. Mihm

PRLog (Press Release)Mar 23, 2012
Minnesotan writer/director Christopher R. Mihm has a unique filmmaking niche. He makes only B&W, 1950s-drive-in-style creature features, or as he puts it, “I make good bad, new old movies.” Released in May 2011, his sixth film, “Attack of the Moon Zombies,” received universally positive reviews from those who want their nostalgia to be newly made. Recently, cult-movie site MailOrderZombie.com nominated “Attack of the Moon Zombies” for many of their annual Dead Letter Awards for quality filmmaking in the zombie genre.

The awards Mihm’s film won are: 1) Best Zombie Movie, feature length; 2) Best Director of a Zombie Movie (Christopher R. Mihm); 3) Best Zombie (Michael Kaiser); 4) Best Actress in a Zombie Movie Sid Korpi as Administrator Ripley; and 5) Best One-Liner in a Zombie Movie: “I know I’d rather die in agonizing pain than become some weird meat puppet for those nasty little things out there, wouldn’t you?” Plus, the movie won Best Death Scene via a write-in-only ballot, naming Mike Cook’s self-sacrificing demise as Dr. Vincent Edwards the best of the deaths. The film took home more awards than any other in the competition. Winners were established by popular vote.

Fans of this monstrously memorable, family-friendly, super-cheesy flick are urged to visit the Mail Order Zombie site to listen to the highly entertaining 3/22/12 podcast  #177 at http://www.mailorderzombie.com.

Also up to popular vote to decide is the 10th Annual Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards, for which “Attack of the Moon Zombies” has been nominated as Best Independent Film (Category 8). Please visit http://www.rondoaward.com/rondo/rondos.html to vote for this fine ’50s movie and support independent cinema by March 31, 2012.

If you haven’t yet seen “Attack of the Moon Zombies” and want to check it out to see what all the hubbub is about, order your copy from http://www.sainteuphoria.com today! While you’re on the site, why not purchase your tickets for the May 23, 2012 Heights Theatre premiere of Mihm’s seventh film, “House of Ghosts”? This show, a spooky homage to the 1950s-fright-film director William Castle (“The Tingler” and “House on Haunted Hill”) is selling out fast—fewer than 50 tickets remain—so act soon.

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Before the premiere:

From Monsters to Zombies to the Heights

  • Article by: PAUL LEVY , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 24, 2011 – 11:55 PM

Arden Hills filmmaker Christopher Mihm is back tonight with his latest foray into the world of sci-fi cinema.

Christopher Nihm’s new release, “Attack of the Moon Zombies

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, Mike 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

Then, after the premiere:

The audience and other reviews are in for “Attack of the Moon Zombies”…

A sold-out show, the ticket holders line up outside the Heights Theater 5/25/2011

This message was sent to me from one of our beloved Two Right Feet dance students following the premiere:

Sid,

Thank you, thank you, thank you  so much for letting us know about Christopher Mihm movies!!!!  We had so much fun.

 YOU and Anthony were FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!*

The cast was great, the crowd was fun and the whole atmosphere was really relaxed and fun.  We laughed and laughed at the movie, the props, and  the filming.  The kids “got it” which we didn’t know if they would, and they really had a good time too.  They thought you were a beautiful movie star, YOU LOOKED SO GORGEOUS (not that you don’t normally but you know what I mean…the dress, etc…).

Again you have made us HUGE Christopher Mihm cult followers, we are going on the website to get more stuff today!!!  We scored some t-shirts and posters last night.  The movie far exceeded our expectations and was SO WELL WRITTEN and PERFORMED!

 Thanks Sid!!

Kate

* emphasis throughout was Kate’s

Anthony, Sid and Zombie with friends "Company Man" Warren Porter and his lovely wife Judy

And from my friend Kerry:

“Sid, We had such an awesome time! … LOVED the MOVIE. I laughed so hard. I think it’s time for a ‘Mystery Science Theatre’ reprise! produced by Mr. Mihm!”

And from our illustrious director, Christopher R. Mihm, himself:

I just wanted to send you all this email and thank you for making both “Attack of the Moon Zombies” the movie and “Attack of the Moon Zombies” the premiere so [goshdarn] wonderful. I said it multiple times that this was the best experience I have ever had making a movie and I want you all to know that that was not me just blowing smoke. I meant it every single time I said it and it’s worth repeating now. Last night’s premiere was amazing and I couldn’t have asked for a better night. Thank you all for everything you did for me, the production, and last night’s event! Without you guys, it never could have happened and honestly, the way I feel is so great that it’s literally beyond my ability to put into words.

So, all I can really say is: THANK YOU!

Chris

Sid and Chris (Center L and R, respectively) compete for doofiest look in a photo after the premiere.

If you missed the premiere of “Attack of the Moon Zombies,” you have one more chance to see it on the big screen in the Twin Cities. It’ll have a special showing at the groovy New Hope Cinema Grill, where for a measly $15 you’ll see the movie AND partake in an all-you-can eat buffet of salad, pizza and soda!!! Thurs., July 14 and advance tickets will be available on Christopher R. Mihm’s website.

Or, order your very own copy of the DVD on his site. Check out the special features, including commentary from a big chunk of the cast and crew; bloopers galore; and hidden “Easter Eggs” only found on the DVD with spectacular zombie-laden surprises. (To find these, click on menu items and side- or up-click to see if something on the screen changes to yellow to indicate a buried treasure. Then just click play.)

It’s here at last, your very own sneak peek at the splendid cheesiness that is writer/director Christopher R. Mihm‘s latest, greatest 1950s-drive-in-style B-movie creature feature, “Attack of the Moon Zombies.” Featured in the cast are, yours truly, Sid Korpi; Mike Cook; Shannon McDonough; Douglas Sidney; Mark Haider; Stephanie Mihm; Michael Kaiser; and Bob Arndt.

If your appetite for lunar lunacy and zombie-born destruction is sufficiently whetted, visit the “Attack of the Moon Zombies” site and order your tickets to the May 25, 2011, premiere to be held at the Heights Theater in Columbia Heights, MN.

BIG NEWS!!! I JUST LEARNED FROM THE DIRECTOR THAT THERE WILL BE NO GUARANTEE OF ANY GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS SET ASIDE FOR THE NIGHT OF THE MOVIE’S PREMIERE, BUT YOU CAN BUY THE $5 GENERAL SEATS (WITHOUT THE COMMEMORATIVE COLLECTOR’S TICKET AND PIECE OF THE LUNAR BASE SET THAT GO FOR $10 APIECE). SO, TO BE SURE YOU’LL GET IN TO THE PREMIERE, YOU SERIOUSLY HAVE TO BUY YOUR TICKETS AHEAD OF TIME AT THE MIHM WEBSITE!!! I’M NOT KIDDING!

Last night was my first on-camera scene in “Attack of the Moon Zombies.” Director @Christopher R. Mihm tortured me during closeups, reminding that my head will be 90 feet high when the movie is shown at the drive-ins! Such intense mental cruelty! (You’d think he was my sibling or something!) The shoot took several hours longer than expected, thanks to my costar Dr. Edwards’ and my dueling hungry-tummy grumbles and subsequent giggle fits by us all (even though those beastly men will try and blame it all on me because I’m a girl, sort of!). Learn more about the movie and the upcoming Oct. 30 Mihm Movie Marathon in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and check out the possibility of becoming an associate producer at his website <www.sainteuphoria.com>

Ever aspired to being in the movie biz? Here’s your chance! As little as a $10 donation to fund this independent ’50s-drive-in-style B-movie masterpiece by award-winning director/writer Christopher R. Mihm (“Attack of the Moon Zombies”) can land your name in the credits on the big screen as an associate producer!!! Besides, it’s my first big role in a movie and I want the director to be able to afford to feed me and the other actors on long days of shooting!

Click here to learn how!

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