Movie Review: Drive Thru (2007)

by StevenHelmer

A review of the 2007 thriller starring Leighton Meester and Nicholas D'Agosto.

Synopsis: A group of southern California teenagers are being stalked and killed by a murderous fast food clown with supernatural powers. When Mackenzie learns the clown's victims are all children of her mom's high school friends, she realizes she is in danger too, must figure out why the murderer is picking his victims and find a way to stop him.

Review

My wife and I have actually seen this movie on a couple different occasions, last night included. And, while I'm not normally a fan of horror films that have a lot of bad language and go out of their way to show excessive amounts of blood and gore, I have to admit, this is one of the exceptions to that.

The best way to describe this movie is it is a "fun" slasher film. The writers keep things relatively simple so you can watch the movie without having to overthink things and, while there's a good mix of violence and suspense, the movie never takes itself too seriously. This, in my opinion at least, makes it enjoyable to watch.

One thing, in particular, I like about this movie is the fact the killing spree starts early and continues throughout the film. One of my biggest pet peeves with many films in this genre is they don't do that and, instead, spend a great deal of time giving us a back story and building up to the violence. I have never been a big fan of that because those movies tend to be pretty dull as a result. So, it was very refreshing when that wasn't the case with this film.

I also like the idea that, at least through a good chunk of the movie, there is some mystery about who is wearing the Horny the Clown costume and why he is killing people. This does allow the film, at least through the first half, to have a few different suspects with potential motives.

Probably the only thing I found I didn't like about this movie was the supernatural twist. While Horny the Clown's ability to talk to Mackenzie (Meester) through toys and board games was somewhat cool, I still prefer slasher films that at least attempt to have some realism. Plus, it did make the ending a little confusing to the point it took me a few minutes to understand exactly what happened. Fortunately, the overall movie is decent enough to offset that.

Drive Thru

High schooler Mackenzie Carpenter thinks her biggest problem is dying of boredom in the bucolic wasteland of Orange County... until her classmates start dying of massive blood l...

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Final Opinion

As I mentioned, there's a lot of swearing and excessive gore in this film and, because of that, it probably isn't for everyone. However, if you like slasher movies, this is one that is worth taking the time to watch at least once.

My Grade: B

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Updated: 10/20/2016, StevenHelmer
 
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