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Wolfman Mac's Chiller Drive-In on Retro TV Network, interview

By April MacIntyre Dec 10, 2009, 0:02 GMT

Wolfman Mac's Chiller Drive-In on Retro TV Network, interview

Family-friendly horror in the spirit of the old Wolfman Jack shows is delivered once again by Wolfman Mac's Chiller Drive-In, a local, low-budget, family friendly horror
show based in Detroit, Michigan.

Michigan-Based Chiller Drive In has gone national on RTV (Retro Television Network) http://www.myretrotv.com/affiliates.html

TV's Wolfman Mac's Chiller Drive-In is now available to over 75 million households via both cable and digital broadcast throughout the United States.

Chiller Drive-In will air on RTV every Saturday at 10 pm. In addition, the series will still air locally at midnight on flagship broadcast station WMYD My-TV 20 in Detroit, as well as broadcast affiliates in Florida and Michigan.

"We've come quite far in a short amount of time," host and executive producer 'Wolfman Mac' Kelly tells Monsters and Critics.

"It just seems like yesterday we were taping shows in front of a piece of black fabric with cobwebs on it, using my hand-held camcorder, for airing on community access TV."

We asked Wolfman what inspired him to create this horror show for TV?  What were his influences from the past?

"Ever since I was a kid I have LOVED great monster and sci-fi movies.  I love the fall season and Halloween with a passion.  I grew up watching Detroit-based horror hosts, The Ghoul, Sir Graves Ghastly, Count Scary, and more. Combine all of that with the fact that I have just got to be in a situation where I am on the air somehow and there ya go,"  shared Wolfman.

The premise of the show is simple: Wolfman Mac and his shady sidekick 'Boney
Bob' show B-Movies at the dilapidated Chiller Drive-In theater in the fictional town of Hauntington Heights.

Add a cast of campy characters who deliver a side show when the movie projector stops.

"Our humor is along the lines of what you would expect from movies like Shrek or a Bugs Bunny cartoon. The grown-ups get the jokes while the little monsters laugh because they see mom and dad laughing," says Kelly. 

Chiller Drive-In features the Horror and Sci-Fi movies from the 1950's through the 1970's.  Chiller Drive-In features titles such as House on Haunted Hill, Zontar - The Thing from Venus, King Kong Escapes, and many more.

"Viewers always tell me that the worse the movie, the better they like it," adds Kelly, "Šand with an abundance of cheesy, low budget, tacky films from that era, I don't see us running out of these movies any time soon."

"Chiller Drive-In" is a 100% Michigan written, produced and video taped production.

Kelly, a native of Mt. Clemens, Mich., feels that he was ahead of the curve. "This is where I live and work, and I'm proud that our production can be shot in a climate receptive for making TV and movies." Kelly has also become a champion for all things Michigan, and uses his program as a platform for sharing what's right about the area.

 For additional information, visit www.chillerdrive-in.com

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