Directed by: Brendan Cowles, Shane Kuhn
Written by: Brendan Cowles, Shane Kuhn
Stars: Leighton Meester, Nicholas D'Agosto... read more

Year: 2007
Genrer: Comedy, Horror, Slasher
Run time: 1h 23min
My rating: 3.5 out of 5

Imagine Ronald McDonald going mad on a slaughter rampage and killing everyone! This is what BURGER KILL (aka DRIVE THRU) is all about... A murder clown with a futuristic costume and some gothic shoes! All this seems as enticing as a good fat cheeseburger dripping with sauce, but unfortunately the actors don't follow apart from the main role.

Burger Kill is a classic slasher-tale that takes up the inspirations of the cheesy 80s as "THE BURNING" for the genesis of the killer - "HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME" for a special scene towards the end - "THE EXORCIST" for the witchboard and «PROMNIGHT», «HALLOWEEN», «SLAUGTHERHOUSE»... without ever being so glorious.

Nothing much happens in the bucolic town of Blanca Carne, California, but things are about to change when Horny the Clown (Van De La Plante) - the evil mascot of fast-food chain Hella-Burger - embarks on a murderous rampage. Tired of seeing her friends butchered by Horny's meat cleaver, 17-year-old Mackenzie Carpenter (Leighton Meester) enlists the aid of her randy beau (Nicholas D'Agosto) to stop the killer in this tongue-in-cheek slasherfest.

Is this a tribute to its predecessors? or simply a compilation of the best elements of its kind? I can't answer that question objectively, I would rather say that the project was very ambitious but something didn't follow up properly. Is it the budget? Very possible, preferring to put a good part in the special effects that in the salary of the actors! With that said, one can understand the reasoning on this point.

Was the occult, esoteric side really necessary? I'm not sure, but it must be admitted that it comes at a proper time each time with a certain form of originality. This gives a positive touch to the film that will avoid the shipwreck... the clues about the next victims are soon revealed so don't expect a HITCHCOCK suspense either. Some moments (too few) try to baffle us about the identity of the masked killer who intervenes with a certain presence during the murders. It's certainly what's the best asset of the film despite the contrary opinions of the majority.

BURGER KILL still allows good and successful gory scenes, humor teenagers very well dosed under a soundtrack recalling the style of the band SLIPKNOT. No it isn't a great movie and it isn't well played, but we quickly get to the game thanks to its humor and amount of blood! We have seen much worse, much more ridiculous than this one before. The picture is clean, the viewing shots are correct and the post-production correct while the poster of the film foreshadowed a Z-movie!

I finally advise this film as quite entertaining, for the fans of the kind where during an evening with friends with, beer and burger!!!


Produced by: Matt Milich, Chris Sievernich, Martin Wiley
Cinematography by: Vincent E. Toto
Editing by: Daniel R. Padgett
Special Effects by: Anthony Fung, Torrence Hall, Mike Tristano
Music by: Ralph Rieckermann
Country: USA
Language: English
Color: Color

Distributor: Lions Gate Films