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Drive Thru (2007)
In the 1980's video stores were hurting for content for VHS/Beta owners like you wouldn't believe. Then came an influx of tons of genre films that were made on the cheap in which the covers were usually more exciting than the movie itself. Unfortunately for "Drive Thru" that would be the case as well. I remember when I first saw the cover to it (basically it's an axe head going through a big ass cheeseburger) it was just like being a kid in the video store again as I thought it looked cool. Then I caught the trailer to it and though that it could be pretty decent as well. Well, to say that I still
feel that way would be a bit of a stretch to say the least.
Drive Thru is the story of a group of friends that are seniors in high school. Well one night a group of teens leave a party to get a bite to eat at the local fast food joint called "Hella-Burger". When they get there they are basically greeted by the company mascot Horny the Clown. Only problem is that instead of being an international spokesman for greasy burger goodness, he's more of a pissed of clown with a bloodlust. One thing leads to another and the Clown is staking and murdering a ton of kids that have something to do with the group of friends. That is until they start getting picked off one on one until Mackenzie and her boyfriend Fisher try and find out what's going on.
To be perfectly honest here I'm totally baffled by this movie. The production values are excellent and theatre quality if you ask me, but the way everything plays out is a damn mess. The script is incoherently bad and the dialog is even worse, that is outside of actress Leighton Meester who is actually pretty solid in the movie. But every character you run across during the movie is either annoying, have rocks in their head, or they have you saying to yourself "Now, who was that again and why should I care?" That is outside of a pretty funny cameo by Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me) as a Hella-Burger emplyee. The killer itself is a great idea on paper, but even the dialog makes that worse as the killers one liners are about as funny as hitting yourself in the throat with a hammer and just as painful. It also doesn't help that it seems like they are making everything up as they go along, which makes the movie basically have zero direction. Also something that really bothered me about the film was the stupid use of CGI when it was totally unnecessary. But I do have to give them credit because the practical effects used in this are good, but few and far between.
Overall I can see some slasher fans digging this one, but honestly I was bored to tears as this movie was pretty hard to sit through regardless of how much I actually wanted to see it before I did. Oh well you win some, you lose some and unfortunately this one is a loss for sure. I say skip it and pop in a good slasher from the 80's instead.
Rating - *1/2