Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Drive Thru (2007)

Drive Thru (2007)
Special Guest Review by Brenda Hineman

Written & directed by Brendan Cowles and Shane Kuhn

There are different fan camps when it comes to horror movies. Some people go for deadly serious films; others are b-movie fanatics, and still others like their horror films sprinkled with some humor. If you are the latter, then pull up to Drive Thru. Seriously, if you can't see the humor in a psychopathic, hatchet-wielding clown named "Horny", then you really need to stay away from this movie.

The plot of Drive Thru is that a socially stunted teen who played the adored "Horny the Clown" at the burger chain "Hella-Burger" died in a fire some 20 years previous. Now, he has returned in a bad ass new Gene Simmons inspired clown suit and set about killing the children of the people who accidentally started the fire that supposedly killed him years ago. Our protagonist, MacKenzie Carpenter (Leighton Meester of Gossip Girl), gets clues delivered to her in toys like Etch-a-Sketches and Magic 8 Balls, that let her know who the next victim is going to be.

One reason straight-to-video flicks are so great is because they usually carry a cast that includes minor celebrities we adore in other roles getting to try on something new. Drive Thru has a few of these Easter Eggs. In addition to the aforementioned Leighton Meester, we are also treated to Larry Joe Campbell (According to Jim) who sports a really bad fake cop 'stache in the role of doofus detective Dwayne Crockers; Melora Hardin (The Office) playing the role of Marcia Carpenter, mother of the protagonist; and, my personal favorite, Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me), playing the ironic role of Robbie, a Hella-Burger Manager.

Highlights of the movie include the aforementioned sense of humor that goes beyond one-liners and approaches self-parody. Let's be real, this movie is what it is - kitschy fun. The writers, directors, and actors all knew it and didn't fight it. They went with it, right down to the wonderful repeated tag line: "Fast food kills, fucker!" The characters are over-exaggerated stereotypes that echo the predictable roles of horror film stars of the past who, sadly, weren't intended to be humorous. In that respect, Drive Thru is really an ode to pop-culture in all of its corny splendor.

The lowlight is that, toward the end, the plot gets a little weird and confusing. Sure, I'll buy that this killer was someone who was thought to be dead decades ago, but who resurfaced to seek his revenge. I've bought that line in countless other horror films. Still, the development toward the end of the film seems to imply that Fisher Kent (Nicholas D'Agosto) is somehow linked to the killings. He seems to have interactions with Horny the Clown, but is the only one spared. He also has an uncanny way of disappearing when the blood is hitting the fan. In the end, we're not really sure if he has anything to do with the killings or not, but not in that "Ooh, they left it open for a sequel" kind of way. In some respects, it forces the viewer to think, and that runs completely against everything else this movie stands for.

Still, if you are looking for a fun way to kill some brain cells on a Saturday night, you could do a lot worse than Drive Thru.

View the trailer below!

Rated R
83 Minutes
United States

Brenda Hineman is a B-Movie addict. She also writes about Halloween Costumes at

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  1. This was unexpected fun. Totally dug the microwave, exploding head scene.

  2. That movie sounds Awesome! That is quite a cast!

  3. That is one of the best (or most positive) reviews I have seen so far for the flick, I love the cover art but figured it was too good to be true


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