Drive-Thru is a 2007 American horror black comedy film, directed by Brendan Cowles and Shane Kuhn, starring Leighton Meesterand Nicholas D'Agosto. It is set in Orange County, California and involves an evil clown as a serial killer. The film was released direct-to-video on May 29, 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.
Why It Sucks
- The idea of making a fast-food restaraunt killer feels like a bad fan-fiction.
- Hella-Burger’s mascot’s name, Horny the Clown, sounds super inappropriate for a kid’s fast-food restaurant, even if the film is meant for older viewers.
- Horny the Clown is an unoriginal horror movie villain who rips-off Pennywise the Dancing clown, Ronald McDonald, Sweet Tooth/Needles Kane and Freddy Krueger, even down to the point where they copy the “killer dies in a fire and comes back from the dead” background story from Freddy.
- Nearly all of the adolescent characters are portrayed as “rebellious teen” stereotypes.
- Poorly-written script and a very weak plotline.
- Absolutely bad acting, such as the actors playing the group of wiggers in the opening scene of the film.
- When the movie tries to have one of it’s funny moments, it falls completely flat and feels forced, like the running gag of Chase and Crocker’s names being called “cheese and crackers” several times.
- Most of Horny’s dialogue sounds something out of a bad action movie, a perfect example is the “Fast food kills, fucker” line.
- Some of the dialogue is even copied/stolen from the other movies like the “All work, no play” line from Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining.
- Several plot holes, such as how Horny the Clown can make pictures of his victims shortly before killing them.
The Only Redeeming Quality
- A couple of the death scenes are a bit creative.
Popcorn Pictures gave the film a negative review, writing, "Really hard to sit through despite the promise of a killer clown, Drive Thru is eighty-three minutes of pure fast food junk. Like a fast food burger, it may look good when you pick it up but as soon as you take your first bite, you realize you’ve made a horrible mistake and all you’ve got left is an ultimately fatty concoction of things that are bad for your health." Dread Central panned the film calling the film's dialogue "painfully bad" and criticized the film's ending. DVD Talk called it "routine slice and dice dreariness", criticizing its inadequate humor, "callous characterization", and lack of actual scares.