House of Ghosts!

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  1. RJDiogenes

    RJDiogenes Idealistic Cynic and Canon Champion Premium Member

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    At last! Today is the release date of House of Ghosts, the latest independent film by Chris Mihm. As many of you know, Chris has been producing these movies, which are loving homages to the B-Movies of the 50s, for several years and has been quite successful at it. He routinely racks up awards and the movies are frequently shown at film festivals, conventions and drive-ins all over the country and the world. He is an inspiration to all us independent creators out here in Internet-land.

    This latest movie is a bit different from its predecessors, which all focused on the monster or sci-fi genres. This one is an homage to William Castle, master of the cinematic gimmick. My copy has been pre-ordered for a while, so I hope to have it by the long weekend. I'll post a detailed review here as soon as I watch it.
     
  2. Temis the Vorta

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    Nicely done trailer. :rommie:

    [yt]http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=B3jBK2c0rJg[/yt]
     
  3. RJDiogenes

    RJDiogenes Idealistic Cynic and Canon Champion Premium Member

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    He knows how it's done. :rommie:
     
  4. RJDiogenes

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    Well, this thread sure got a lot of attention. :rommie:

    Okay, I have now seen House Of Ghosts and it has exceeded my expectations. Which is pretty amazing, because I had very high expectations. At this point, I've gotten used to them exceeding my expectations, but even when I allow for that, they still exceed my expectations.

    This one, as I said, is an homage to the works of William Castle, and it is a labor of love for all concerned. Mihm does not produce parodies (like, for example, Larry Blamire [whose movies I love]), but fond pastiches of the old B-Movies that we remember from the Drive-Ins and Creature Double Features of our youth. Our younger youth. Whatever. His films are done for pocket money, but look like they cost the mortgage and are far more entertaining than studio efforts that cost hundreds of millions. They are like homemade cookies. They're just better than store bought.

    And the main reason this movie, like all the others, is so great-- even beyond the lovingly recreated ambiance of 50s low-budget cinema-- is that Mihm respects his characters. You'll watch and smile at the nostalgia and the stylized storytelling, you'll even be creeped out from time to time-- and then, out of nowhere, you'll be blindsided by moments of genuine sentiment, such as when you realize why one character is drinking herself to death or when you see how much another character cares for her pet. And there's one relationship in the film that, in the context of a 50s horror movie, is just wonderful.

    All of Mihm's movies take place in the same universe and this one has a surprisingly strong tie to his first movie. And they are all made with the same integrity and respect for characters, and I recommend that you get them all. I strongly believe in supporting independent creators and nobody I've met to date deserves that support more than Chris Mihm. :bolian:
     
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  5. SidKorpi

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    Your review of "House of Ghosts" was so well phrased, we're thinking of putting your homemade cookies line on a T-shirt! Seriously, the cast and director who've read it dropped their jaws over how well you captured exactly Christopher R. Mihm's (and our own shared) intentions with these movies. Mihm wrote of your turn of phrase: "Best line EVER!"

    Friend me on Facebook and I'll tell you privately (to prevent spoilers) the light bulb that went on in my head after reading one of your poignant observations.

    Thank you so very much for your fine "wordsmithmanship" and support.

    Best,
    Sid Korpi (Leigh)
     
  6. OmahaStar

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    Leigh, and Ripley, and E'Dohhut Woman, and ... :D

    I haven't done a review of the film yet, I will "soonish" ... Unfortunately, I got sick on the way home from Minneapolis, and am only now feeling like my old self.

    Naturally, I loved it, but I've loved all of the Mihm movies. But for a different reason than most, I suspect. See, Chris doesn't make movies for audiences. He makes movies for me, and then is kind enough to allow others watch my movies.
     
  7. RJDiogenes

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    ^^ Now I feel silly. I could have sworn he was making them for me. :alienblush:

    Aw, aren't you guys nice. I also got Chris's email a few minutes ago. I will be Friending you on Facebook presently. Thank you very much. :)
     
  8. Captain Euphoria

    Captain Euphoria Commander Red Shirt

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    Oh, crap! Mitch has figured it out!
     
  9. RJDiogenes

    RJDiogenes Idealistic Cynic and Canon Champion Premium Member

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    Now we'll have to kill him.

    Not really. I just always wanted to say that.
     
  10. OmahaStar

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    Don't give him any ideas!
     
  11. RJDiogenes

    RJDiogenes Idealistic Cynic and Canon Champion Premium Member

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    Oops. Luckily, we know he's busy for the next eleven months. After that, though....
     
  12. OmahaStar

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    After Giant Flying Spider, he's finally doing the Canoe Cops movie. Because if he doesn't, someone else is going to! :devil:
     
  13. RJDiogenes

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    He should do that as the double feature. Along with a cartoon.
     
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    Wait... "Flying?"
     
  15. Spaceman Spiff

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    Dang, I'ma have to get this.
     
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    The real name is "The Giant Spider" but I keep saying the Flying Spider, so as a compromise, I've retitled it the Giant Flying Spider.

    Spiff - Yes, yes you are. This film doesn't necessarily rely on knowledge of the previous films in the series, but does have an extremely strong tie in to the first one (especially) and the fourth one (one character from that shows up briefly here).

    It was filmed (mostly) in Sid Korpi's incredibly beautiful home. There's a tour of the real home on the DVD, so you can see it in glorious technicolor.

    The films, in release order, are:

    1 - The Monster of Phantom Lake
    2 - It Came From Another World
    3 - Cave Women on Mars
    4 - Terror From Beneath the Earth
    5 - Destination: Outer Space
    6 - Attack of the Moon Zombies
    7 - House of Ghosts

    You can get them all at www.sainteuphoria.com (click merchandise) ... They're 10 bucks each, and Chris is running a special now, get all 7 of them for just 50 bucks.

    Each one has at least one audio commentary, running gags in the closed captioning, bloopers, behind-the-scenes docs, easter eggs, and several of them now have intros by that famous horror host Dr. Ivan Cryptosis. So basically, you get a big bang for your buck.
     
  17. RJDiogenes

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    You'll love them, Spiff. Not a clunker in the bunch.
     
  18. Spaceman Spiff

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    Thanks, Omaha! I'll start at the beginning, then.
     
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    Boy, if someone does a Canoe Cops movie, I'd sure like to be in it! :cool:
     
  20. OmahaStar

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    It's like vaporware. But ya know, the most famous vaporware of all, Duke Nuken Forever, finally came out ... It's only a matter of time. The stars are ready. The audience is ready. We're just waiting on Chris. Or maybe Justen, now ...