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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
Penn Badgley
Rachael Bella
Shedrack Anderson III
Sean Whalen
Robert Curtis Brown
John Gilbert
Maliabeth Johnson
Clyde Kusatsu
Edward DeRuiter
Van De La Plante
Sita Young
Haven Lamoureux
and Morgan Spurlock
Music by Ralph Rieckermann
Cinematography Vincent E. Toto
Editing by Daniel R. Padgett
Distributed by Lions Gate Entertainment
Release date(s) 2007
Running time 91 min.
Country United States
Language English
Followed by Drive-Thru 2: The Nightmare Is Just Beginning (TBA)

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


The film opens with a car full of wiggers led by Brandon Meeks (Edward DeRuiter) with his pal Tony and their girlfriends cruising and vandalizing the streets of Blanca Carne when the group decides to order food at a fast food restaurant called "Hella-Burger". However, while ordering they are repeatedly insulted via the intercom system. Furious, Tony breaks into the restaurant gun-loaded "to show clown boy what's up".While inside Tony continues his search for the employee, After a while a concerned Brandon also enters the restaurant (leaving the females unattended in the car) and finds Tony dead with his head in the deep fryer, in a state shock Brandon is then attacked by a demonic version of Hella-Burger's mascot "Horny the Clown" Brandon tries to bargain with Horny but to no avail as he is killed, Horny then makes his way outside and gruesomely kills the two girls in the car. Meanwhile, after a house party, local teenagers Mackenzie Carpenter (Meester) and her boyfriend Fisher Kent (D'agosto) play with a Ouija board, asking "What's going to happen to our pathetic little lives?". The board, obviously moving of its own volition, repeatedly spells out the message "N1KLPL8". The meaning of the message is unclear until the next day, when Mackenzie and Fisher find out that the murdered teenagers were riding in a car with the license plate number "N1KLPL8". The news bulletin also reveals that no bodies have yet been found.

At school, Mackenzie complains that someone seems to have stolen her camera at the party, and that she needed pictures for the school year book. Later, while playing with a Magic 8 Ball, she asks it if she should "Get baked in the bathroom or go to class". To her dismay, the Magic 8 Ball responds "Hi Mackenzie". She then asks "Who are you?" to which the Magic 8 ball responds only "You'll see". Finally she asks "Why are you doing this?" the Magic 8 ball responds "A Broken Heart" which is later implied to be referring to a new tattoo worn by Mackenzie's best friend Val. After school, Mackenzie stays so she can finish her work on the school year book, but suddenly the janitor Lenny (Sean Whalen) arrives and returns Mackenzie's camera, not explaining where he found it. As Mackenzie develops the photos in the school darkroom, she finds photos depicting the gruesome murders of the four teenagers. She is then chased through the halls by Horny the Clown, and witnesses the death of her friend Val after Horny chains her head in a modified microwave, and finds Lenny hanging dead in the boys bathroom before finally running into a police officer. However, the police cannot find bodies of Val and Lenny, and due to Lenny's criminal record, they discount Mackenzie's testimony and believe that Lenny himself murdered the four teenagers before hanging himself out of guilt.

The next day, Fisher goes to Mackenzie's house right before the town carnival is about to begin. Fisher is seen playing with an Etch-a-Sketch, but at Mackenzie's request he puts it down, and after some discussion, the two have sex for the first time on Mackenzie's bed. Unknown to them, the Etch-a-Sketch spontaneously writes out the phrase "I ♥ BUSH". Later, at the Carnival, Tina McCandless, is shown wearing a t-shirt with the same "I ♥ Bush" phrase, just before she and her boyfriend Chad Baldwin are killed by Horny in the haunted house. Again, no bodies are found, and the only witness is Fisher, who is in shock after seeing Horny The Clown, but otherwise unharmed, and is taken to the local hospital. Mackenzie discovers that her mother used to be friends with the parents of Brandon Meeks, Val Espinoza, and Tina McCandless. At the hospital, Mackenzie stays in for the night until Fisher gets better. While getting up to get a drink of water, a vending machine drops out a toy with Horny's face on it with a message, saying "See you at 4:20". Mackenzie goes to show the message to Detective "Crackers" Crockers (Larry Joe Campbell), who has been keeping watch on Fisher. She finds the detective lying on the floor, asleep, with a burger in his hand, and Fisher missing from his bed. Fisher put his prescribed tranquilizer into the burger while Crockers wasn't looking, and Crockers (who has been established as a habitual overeater) subsequently ate the burger and passed out.

Mackenzie gets in her car and Fisher scares her. Mackenzie and Fisher and discovers that the 4:20 message is standing for the 4:20 Boyz led by Chuck Taylor (Shedrack Anderson III)along with his friend Spanky and Carrie, as it turns out Chuck's father was Mackenzie's mother's ex-boyfriend.Later that night Chuck,Spanky and Carrie are stoned and stop by Hella-Burger, while Carrie orders the food Spanky and Chuck play at the fun space zone, Horny then emerges from the ball pit area chops Chuck's head vertically with his trademark meat cleaver and then proceeds to beat Spanky to death with the butt of his cleaver. Carrie survives, being in the right place at the wrong time and again no bodies are found. When Mackenzie arrives home and her mother, Marcia explains why her friends are being killed off.

There was a boy named Archie Benjamin (Van De La Plante), who was Hella-Burger's manager's son. They used to push him around and joke with him every time they went there, but despite that he had a huge crush on Mackenzie's mom, Marcia. On the night of his 18th birthday, he invited Marcia to come to his party, but they instead smoked weed. Charlie didn't like Archie because of his crush for Marcia, so he convinced the rest of the group to play a prank on him, which involved Charlie wearing the Horny mask and using a meat cleaver to scare him. Charlie accidentally knocks Archie out cold also knocking over the table carrying the birthday cake, causing a fire, Marcia and the group quickly flee leaving Archie to burn to death.

Mackenzie realizes that Archie somehow came back from the dead, and he's taking revenge on the children of the parents that "killed" him. Believing that Jack Benjamin (John Gilbert) Archie's father might be able to stop him, Mackenzie, Fisher, and her friends: Starfire (Rachael Bella) and Van (Penn Badgley) go over to Mr. Benjamin's house. Mackenzie and Fisher go talk to him, while Van goes to check the backyard, and Starfire goes to check the garage to see if there's any body parts in the meat freezer. Looking around for Mr. Benjamin, Mackenzie and Fisher find Archie's room, and they find a bunch of toys in his room, implying that Archie is sending messages in the toys he used to have.

Meanwhile, Van enters the garage to look for Starfire. He finds a meat freezer, then he finds Starfire's corpse in there. Horny then appears behind him and slashes Van in half. Horny then re-enters the house and chases Mackenzie and Fisher. He knocks Mackenzie out, and corners Fishers somehow making Fisher's eyes turn a bloody red. Meanwhile, Detective Chase (Lola Glaudini) and Detective Crockers come to the house because Marcia told them where Mackenzie was going. Chase finds Jack Benjamin behind his own bed, trying to hide from Archie. Meanwhile, Mackenzie wakes up in the local Hella Burger, bound to a chair, with duct tape on her mouth. There is a birthday cake in front of her, and she's surrounded by Brandon Meeks, Val Espinoza, Tina McCandless, and Chuck Taylor's corpses. They are set up like a birthday party since it's Mackenzie's 18th birthday. She screams and then Horny enters surprising her. Mackenzie asks where Fisher was and Horny screams "HE WASN'T INVITED". Archie pours a gallon of gasoline on her and is about to use a birthday candle to burn her alive. Suddenly, Marcia bursts in and shoots Archie in the mouth with. Marcia unties her daughter's hands before Archie comes from behind ensues a struggle with her. Mackenzie using the distraction to her advantage grabs and drinks a bottle a whiskey on the nearby table but she doesn't consume it, as Horny knocks Marcia out he taunts Mackenzie by holding the birthday candle close to her face, Mackenzie then uses the whiskey in her mouth to blow the fire back into Archie's face, Archie is burned alive and dies.

Detective Chase tells Detective Crockers to take Archie's mask to have it analyzed. Detective Chase then tells Mackenzie that Fisher is still alive, but he's in critical condition, so Mackenzie and her mother go to the hospital to see him. Meanwhile, Fisher wakes up from his coma, but his eyes are still bloody red. As he wakes up, a shadow is seen up against the wall behind him. As Mackenzie and her mom enter the room, Fisher is gone, and the clothes he was wearing are outside on the ground. Meanwhile, Detective Crockers is at Hella-Burger drive thru ordering a large amount of food, the intercom speaker then replies "Would you like to die FAT ASS?!" as Horny jumps on top of Crocker's vehicle and murders him through the windshield.


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