4.5/10
3,893
58 user 26 critic

Drive Thru (2007)

Horror gets Super Sized when Horny The Clown, the demonic mascot of "Hella-Burger," starts slashing Orange County teenagers with his meat cleaver from Hell.
Reviews
1 win. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

The Hills Run Red (Video 2009)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A group of young horror fans go searching for a film that mysteriously vanished years ago but instead find that the demented killer from the movie is real, and he's thrilled to meet fans who will die gruesomely for his art.

Director: Dave Parker
Stars: Sophie Monk, Tad Hilgenbrink, William Sadler
Periods. (2012)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Featurung Zachary Quinto (Star Trek 2, Margin Call), Penn Badgley (Easy A, Gossip Girl), Willie Garson (White Collar), and youtube star Grace Helbig, this raucous comedy chronicles the ... See full summary »

Director: Victor Quinaz
Stars: Philip Quinaz, Alison Fyhrie, A.M. Lukas
Stitches I (2012)
Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A clown comes back from the dead to haunt those who took his life during a fatal party mishap.

Director: Conor McMahon
Stars: Ross Noble, Tommy Knight, Eoghan McQuinn
Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A rugby player is put up in a juvenile detention center. There he plays for the Highland Rugby team and ultimately plays against his father in the National Championships.

Director: Ryan Little
Stars: Sean Faris, Penn Badgley, Gary Cole
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A group of jaded high school students sign up for a debate class taught by a tough, combative teacher from the Georgia Military Academy who teaches them that life is debate and DEBATE IS ... See full synopsis »

Director: Dan Polier
Stars: Daniel Letterle, Kaley Cuoco, Billy Kay
Inside I (2006)
Drama | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A man's interest in a couple leads to chilling and heartbreaking results.

Director: Jeff Mahler
Stars: Nicholas D'Agosto, Cheryl White, Kevin Kilner
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A revenge tale about a former college student who forges essays for cash, the client who becomes her lover, and their professor.

Director: Nicholas Gray
Stars: Stef Dawson, Penn Badgley, Richard Kind
Boogeyman 2 (2007)
Drama | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A young woman with a long-term phobia of the boogeyman voluntarily checks herself into a mental health facility with the hope of conquering her overwhelming fear. However, much to her ... See full summary »

Director: Jeff Betancourt
Stars: Danielle Savre, Matt Cohen, Chrissy Calhoun
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A chronicle of the days leading up to Jeff Buckley's performance at his father's tribute concert in 1991.

Director: Daniel Algrant
Stars: Penn Badgley, Imogen Poots, Norbert Leo Butz
East of Eden (2012)
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Two friends diverge into woods and their scared parents try to track them.

Director: Victor Quinaz
Stars: Penn Badgley, Alison Fyhrie, Josh Hetzler
The Pool (2001)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

International students at an elite Prague school are stalked and murdered while holding a party in an abandoned water park.

Director: Boris von Sychowski
Stars: Kristen Miller, Elena Uhlig, Paul T. Grasshoff
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Eight people are invited to their old high school for their ten-year reunion where a fellow former student, disfigured from a prank gone wrong, is out to seek revenge.

Directors: George Dugdale, Mark Ezra, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Caroline Munro, Simon Scuddamore, Carmine Iannaccone
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Leighton Meester ... Mackenzie Carpenter
Nicholas D'Agosto ... Fisher Kent
Melora Hardin ... Marcia Carpenter
Lola Glaudini ... Detective Brenda Chase
Larry Joe Campbell ... Detective Dwayne Crockers
Van De La Plante Van De La Plante ... Horny the Clown / Archie Benjamin
Penn Badgley ... Van
Sita Young Sita Young ... Val Espinoza
Rachael Bella ... Starfire
John Gilbert ... Jack Benjamin
Morgan Spurlock ... Robbie, The Hella-Burger Manager
Edward DeRuiter ... Brandon Meeks
Haven Lamoureux ... Tony
Paul Ganus ... Bill Carpenter
Robert Curtis Brown ... Bert McCandless
Edit

Storyline

In Blanca Carne, California, the seventeen year-old student Mackenzie Carpenter is celebrating her graduation in high-school with her boyfriend Fisher Kent and her classmates. Mackenzie receives messages about her close friends while they are murdered by Horny The Clown, the symbol of the Hella-Burger fasts food. On the eve of her eighteenth birthday and after the death of a couple of friends, Mackenzie realizes that all of them are connected to a dark event in the past of her mother Marcia Carpenter. Further, she will be in danger on the day of her birthday. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

At Hella Burger, It Won't Be The Food That Kills You... But You'll Wish It Did. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong horror violence and gore, drug use, language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 May 2009 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Hellaburger See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Leighton Meester and Penn Badgley later worked together on Gossip Girl from 2007 to 2012. See more »

Goofs

The glass that the clown punches through changes between shots: when we first see it, it has wire mesh in it, but when he punches through it, it does not. See more »

Quotes

Van: [about a Ouija board] Dude, we can dial up Marilyn Manson with this shit? Let's get it on!
See more »

Crazy Credits

There is no opening logo at the beginning of the film. See more »

Connections

References Happy Birthday to Me (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Child Of War
Music by Shane Kuhn, Haven Lamoureux, Daniel R. Padgett, ASCAP
Lyrics by Shane Kuhn, ASCAP
Performed by Warfield
Produced by Ralph Rieckermann, ASCAP, Proskorp Music
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
A film almost entirely crippled by its baffling aesthetic choices
5 November 2014 | by StevePulaskiSee all my reviews

Drive-Thru is a horror film that feels like a broken-down mess of what was originally shaping out to be a great film, until bad editing decisions and long, drawn-out scenes of phony character interest corrupted the final product. The film takes place in a sleepy, Conservative town (one of those films that annoyingly tries to slam and critique one political party over the other for no good reason), which includes a Hella Burger restaurant, a fast-food chain represented by a clown named Horny. The town becomes rocked when Horny the clown comes to life, wielding a meat cleaver and killing several twentysomethings as revenge over something that happened many years ago. Both Mackenzie and her boyfriend Fisher (Leighton Meester and Nicholas D'Agosto, who both went on to do films far more interesting than this one) decide to try and stop the vicious murderer as he savagely maims and kills his victims, cleverly avoiding detectives as well.

Undoubtedly the most entertaining soul in this film, even more-so than Horny, is Detective Dwayne Crockers (Larry Joe Campbell), a husky, bumbling detective who is the butt of almost every joke he's involved with. He finds ways to make his goofy self likable in the strangest situations, and even with limited screen time, manages to impress more than the twentysomethings he is cast with simply because his character is actually given the redeeming merit of humor. The remainder of the characters are depressingly archetypal versions of their stereotypes, prompting little in the way of humor or genuine emotion outside of maddening tedium on the audience's behalf.

Before I move forward, let's talk about Horny, who is such a shortchanged villain it's almost depressing. One look at the character and he sends shockwaves of fear to your soul, boasting a permanently frightening face and a voice with a shivering raspy quality, as he speaks through a drive-thru microphone. For an inherently frightening killer, editor Daniel R. Padgett effectively robs him of any sort of suspense and personality because of the way he is constantly disrespected on screen. Whenever Horny appears on screen, loud, indistinguishable heavy metal music blasts out of the speakers combined with the uneasy effect of editing sped up to distracting speeds. The editing goes through a strange boost of energy during these scenes, as if some sort of requirement was struck for how long gruesomeness can appear on screen.

With this brazen style of editing, Drive-Thru's suspense feels thrown away for a cheap and bogus way of getting right to the good stuff. With that, we spend a lot of time on undeveloped - and mostly uninteresting - characters, reciting mediocre dialog that methodically tries to piece together who Horny the Clown is and why he is doing what he's doing. These scenes, interjected in the middle of strangely-edited mayhem, throws off the pace of the film and often slows it to a crawl, with lots of dead-time being encountered between the action of the film. For a film clearly wanting to adhere to cheesy slasher principles, it's as if the film was trying to make a smarter, more investing crime story but, in turn, effectively turned out more boring and lackluster than even some of the worst slasher films of the 1980's. Single out a humorous cameo by Super Size Me's Morgan Spurlock and a moderately enjoyable killer and there's little else to praise about Drive-Thru, a film that could've been at least bumped up to tolerable quality had the editing and pacing been taken into consideration.

Starring: Leighton Meester, Nicholas D'Agosto, Lola Glaudini, Larry Joe Campbell, Melora Hardin, Paul Ganus, and Morgan Spurlock. Directed by: Brendan Cowles and Shane Kuhn.


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 58 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series



Recently Viewed