Drive-Thru (film)

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Promo poster
Directed by Brendan Cowles
Shane Kuhn
Written by Brendan Cowles
Shane Kuhn
Starring Leighton Meester
Nicholas D'Agosto
Melora Hardin
Larry Joe Campbell
Lola Glaudini
Music by Ralph Rieckermann
Cinematography Vincent E. Toto
Edited by Daniel R. Padgett
Distributed by Lions Gate Entertainment
Release dates
  • May 29, 2007 (2007-05-29)
Running time
91 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Drive-Thru is a 2007 American horror black comedy film, directed by Brendan Cowles and Shane Kuhn, starring Leighton Meester and Nicholas D'Agosto. It is set in Orange County, California and involves a serial killing clown mascot Horny the Clown. The film was released Straight-to-DVD on May 29, 2007.


The film opens with Brandon (Edward DeRuiter), Tony (Haven Lamoureux) and their girlfriends, Brittany (Jessica Landon) and Tiffany (Nicole Cavazos) arriving at the fast food restaurant "Hella Burger". Upon placing an order at the drive-thru, the group are introduced to the restaurant's mascot, Horny the Clown (voiced by Gordon Clapp) via intercom. The group is continuously insulted after Brandon rudely turns down a side order offer while calling mouthing him, causing a furious Tony to enter. He searches the restaurant only to hear a slight commotion coming from the kitchen. All of a sudden, after looking around in the walk-in cooler, Horny jumps out and hurls him across the room before dunking his head face first in the deep fat fryer. Brandon soon enters, only to find Tony dead in the deep fat fryer much to his horror before he is attacked and butchered by Horny with a meat cleaver. Horny proceeds outside and brutally murders Brittany and Tiffany when they discover Brandon's body in the backseat.

Meanwhile, Mackenzie (Leighton Meester) is having a house party with her boyfriend Fisher (Nicholas D'Agosto), and friends Val (Sita Young), Van (Penn Badgley) and Starfire (Rachael Bella). The group find a ouija board and decide to ask it what their future will hold, to which the ouija board spells out "N1KLPL8", a message that is unclear until the next day when the group see a news bulletin, showing the message is the license plate on Brandon's car. The following day at school, Val is ambushed by Horny in the locker room. Mackenzie complains that someone stole her camera at the party, but after school the janitor, Eddie (Sean Whalen), gives her the camera.

Mackenzie stays behind to develop the photos, to find they reveal the deaths of the four murdered teenagers. Horny chases Mackenzie into the gymnasium, where she finds Val's head has been placed in a modified microwave, that when turned on causes her head to explode. Horny chases Mackenzie throughout the school, where she finds Lenny has been hung, before bumping into a police officer, who fails to find any bodies. Mackenzie is taken down to the police station with her Mom, Marcia (Melora Hardin) and Dad, Bill (Paul Ganus) to be questioned by Detective Brenda Chase (Lola Glaudini) and Detective Dwayne Crockers (Larry Joe Campbell). The two detectives don't believe Mackenzie's story however, and suspect Lenny as the killer.

The next day, the detectives visit Jack Benjamin (John Gilbert), the owner of Hella Burger, who proves to be no help in solving the case. That night, Mackenzie and Fisher get ready to work at a carnival's haunted house. As they work, they have an argument with Chad (Tyler King) and Tina (Maliabeth Johnson), before they go into the ride. Suddenly, the lights are switched off and Chad is decapitated, before Tina is stabbed to death by Horny. Mackenzie and Starfire enter the haunted house after it breaks down. They find Fisher in a state of shock after witnessing the murders.

Mackenzie goes to visit Fisher in the hospital with Marcia. Mackenzie becomes annoyed with Marcia as she believes she is hiding something from her, as all the murdered teenagers are the children of her old high-school friends. Detective Chase overhears this and questions Tina's father, Bert (Robert Curtis Brown).

As Mackenzie arrives home, Marcia tells her that when she was young, her and her friends accidentally murdered Archie Benjamin (Van De La Plante), Jack Benjamin's son, on his 18th birthday at Hella Burger whose vengeful spirit has returned from the dead to get revenge. Mackenzie and Fisher are next attacked, resulting in Mackenzie being knocked unconscious and Fisher being cornered. Fisher manages to unmask Horny, who makes his eyes go bloody red after making eye contact with him before hurling him through a window. Meanwhile, Detective Chase and Detective Crockers come to the house and find Jack Benjamin behind his own bed, trying to hide from Archie.

Mackenzie wakes up in Hella Burger, tied to a chair, surrounded by her slain friends. A birthday cake is in front of her, as it is now her 18th birthday. Horny appears and reveals his murderous plan before dousing her with gasoline and holds a lit candle close to her face. Marcia arrives just in time to save her daughter. Marcia shoots the clown in the mouth but to no effect as he reemerges and pins Marcia to the floor. Mackenzie drinks a bottle of whiskey she had earlier. Horny torments her with another candle while cackling at her face to face, unaware that Mackenzie has whiskey in her mouth. She defeats him by spraying whiskey onto the flame, setting him on fire. Mackenzie and Marcia escape as Horny burns to death.

Mackenzie and Marcia rush to the hospital to see Fisher whose eyes are still bloodshot. However, when Mackenzie goes in to see him, his bed is empty and his clothes scattered. Meanwhile, back at Hella Burger, Detective Crockers places an order the drive thru, only to find Horny jumping onto the hood of his patrol car and killing him through the windshield, revealing that Archie has possessed Fisher's body.




The film was released on Straight-to-DVD May 29, 2007.


Critical reception has been negative.

Dread Central panned the film calling the film's dialogue "painfully bad" and criticized the film's ending.[1]


  1. ^ Condit, Jon. "Drive Thru (DVD) - Dread Central". Dread Jon Condit. Retrieved 21 November 2014. 

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