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Drive Thru (2007)

  Tags: Brendan Cowles, clowns, comedic, drive thru, hellaburger, John Gilbert, killer, killer clown, Larry Joe Campbell, Leighton Meester, Lola Glaudini, Melora Hardin, Morgan Spurlock, Nicholas D'Agosto, Penn Badgley, Rachael Bella, Sita Young, slasher, spoof, Van De La Plante

Your rating: None Average: 6 (8 votes)
Reviewer Rating: 
5

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Rating #: 
5/10
Director: 
Brendan Cowles
Runtime: 
83 minutes
Cast: 
Leighton Meester, Nicholas D'Agosto, Melora Hardin, Lola Glaudini, Larry Joe Campbell, Van De La Plante, Penn Badgley, Sita Young, Rachael Bella, John Gilbert, Morgan Spurlock

Drive Thru is a film that I've been meaning to watch for a few years now, but only after recently re-discovering it streaming legally online that I decided to finally give it a check. The flick turned out to be a surprisingly decent horror parody, despite its many shortcomings.

So, the story revolves around a group of 20-something-looking teens, who find themselves victims of "Horny the Clown" (yes, that's his name), the mascot of a beloved fast-food chain called Hellaburger (the film's original title by the way). For reasons unknown, he is out slicing and dicing the youngins with his custom-made clever and it's up to a girl named Mackenzie (Leighton Meester) and her boyfriend (Nicholas D'Agosto) to discover the truth behind the killings and hopefully stop the blasted clown.

The story treads some familiar territory when we're revealed that the killer "Horny" is the product of the accidental death of the son to the original Hellaburger owner, and he's now out to get vengeance on the offspring of the people who took part in his death.. ehhh sound familiar? The movie even harbors some supernatural elements, which gives it a nice mix of two different and normally distant sub-genres.

Drive Thru naturally borrows from a lot familiar genre fairs, while throwing in some of its own minor charms along the way. The comedy works, for the most part (loved the beginning), especially since the film never really takes itself seriously. It's interesting to see many familiar faces in the mix, from Leighton Meester of Gossip Girl-fame and Nicholas D'Agosto and Melora Hardin, both of which had roles in NBC's Office. Even Super Size Me director Morgan Spurlock spoofs himself, playing the manager of a Hellaburger.

For the slasher sub-genre the look of the killer is a crucial aspect in the quality of a pic, and Horny the Clown's look was an interesting one to say the least. Looking similar to "Sweet Tooth" from the classic Twisted Metal video game series and sporting a drive-thru speaker box as a mouth, it was a little hard to determine whether he would be something to fear or simply gawk ate, but either way, I liked the creative aspect behind his appearance.

Naturally we get some cheesy practical and CG gore effects during a couple of the killings, which were sadly kind of weak. For instance there's one lackluster death involving a girl chained to a chair with a microwave over her head in the middle of a high school gym, which didn't make a lick of sense, while the rest of the deaths were met by the end of the custom-clever that Horny sported through the entire pic.

Drive Thru is neither a good nor a bad film, existing merely to entertain by its brainless and clichéd storyline and silly comedy aspects. Offering a decent-looking killer clown, but some uninspiring deaths, it's a movie that has few positives and many faults, but in the end if you're simply looking for a cheesy slasher entry to waste an hour-and-a-half on then you can do a lot worse than this.

Posted on May 30, 2010 - 6:18pm | FrighT MasteR

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