- 1 hr 31 min
In the movie Drive-Thru from 2007, a fast-food restaurant called Hella Burger becomes the epicenter of a series of murders that rock the community. The story follows high school student Mackenzie Carpenter (played by Leighton Meester), who works at Hella Burger with her best friend, Fisher (played by Nicholas D'Agosto). After a classmate is brutally murdered by the demonic mascot of the restaurant, Mackenzie becomes determined to uncover the truth behind the killings. Mackenzie's investigation leads her to a dark secret held by the founder of Hella Burger, a man named Ronald "Ronnie" Jackson (played by Larry Joe Campbell). Ronnie was just a teenager when he sold his soul to a demon, which took possession of the Hella Burger mascot and started using it to kill people who he believed weren't living up to the restaurant's standards. Ronnie continues to serve the demon in the hopes of earning enough kills to be granted immortality, but Mackenzie is determined to stop him. As Mackenzie gets closer to revealing the truth, she puts her own life in danger. She is stalked by the demonic mascot, who seems to have a supernatural ability to track her down no matter where she goes. Mackenzie must use all of her wits and courage to survive the ordeal and bring an end to the violence that has plagued the town. Along the way, she is aided by Fisher and his brother, who run a local video store and provide her with the tools necessary to research the mystery. Mackenzie also receives help from her mother, played by Melora Hardin. Her mother is a former Hella Burger employee who has long suspected that something sinister was going on at the restaurant. Together, they piece together the clues that lead them to Ronnie and the demon that he serves. Drive-Thru is a horror movie that blends humor with scares. The film incorporates some elements of the slasher genre, such as the use of creative kills and the mystery of the killer's identity, but it also holds a satirical mirror up to the fast-food industry. The film pokes fun at the way that corporations manipulate the public's desire for instant gratification and unhealthy food. Leighton Meester provides a standout performance as Mackenzie. Her character is both tough and vulnerable, and she's not afraid to stand up to the demonic entity that threatens her community. Nicholas D'Agosto is also excellent as Fisher, bringing a lot of charm and humor to his role. The chemistry between Meester and D'Agosto is one of the film's highlights. There are also some memorable supporting performances from Larry Joe Campbell as the villainous Ronnie and Melora Hardin as Mackenzie's mother. Campbell is particularly creepy as the guy who's willing to sell his soul to the devil for the chance at immortality. Hardin brings a strong maternal presence to the film, adding emotional weight to the story. Overall, Drive-Thru is a fun horror movie that doesn't take itself too seriously. The film is packed with inventive kills, witty dialogue, and vivid characterizations. Fans of the horror genre will appreciate the film's blending of humor with scares, and viewers who aren't typically horror fans will still find a lot to enjoy. The film's themes of corporate greed and the dangers of instant gratification are especially relevant today, making it a horror movie with a message.