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TARGETS is a thrilling horror film that follows the story of Byron Orlok (Karloff), an aging horror film star who is contemplating his retirement. Meanwhile, Bobby Thompson (O'Kelly) is a seemingly mild-mannered husband and son whose obsession with firearms is his way of coping with his otherwise mundane life. But, when Thompson suddenly snaps and his harmless hobby turns into a dangerous reality, Los Angeles doesn't know what hit it as Thompson unleashes undeserved fury upon innocent drivers on the L.A. freeway. And if that weren't tragedy enough, things take a bigger turn for the worse when Orlok and Thompson's paths cross as Orlok makes a special appearance at a drive-in theater where Thompson happens to be waiting with his arsenal.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Ahead of Its Time Nov. 28 2003
Format:VHS Tape
Peter Bogdanovich produced, directed, edited and wrote the screenplay to TARGETS. The film has a curious and dichotomous quality to it. On one hand Bogdanovich handled the sniper (a very clean-cut Tim O'Kelly) in a very real, threatening and unprecedented way for its time. O'Kelly looks so much like the all-American kid from next door that he is all the more frightening making the film very unsettling. O'Kelly munches on a sandwich and guzzles down soda in-between his targets. Moreover the sniper is ferreted out by a famous horror film idol (Boris Karloff) from the golden age of Hollywood. The confrontation comes at a drive-in theatre of all places in an unusual climax. The film is suspenseful and alluring. Once you start watching it you're hooked. Is there a message to this film? Perhaps there is. The finale is almost pure hokum, but perhaps that is the point. Leave the killings, the violence and horror up on the screen. Don't let it escape into the real world. Get your jollies at the movies then drive home and lead a normal life. Perhaps that was true 30 years ago.
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5.0 out of 5 stars At Last, Bogdanovich's First! Nov. 19 2003
Format:DVD
In the early 1960s, celebrated director Peter Bogdanovich (1971's THE LAST PICTURE SHOW; 1972's WHAT'S UP, DOC?; 1973's PAPER MOON, et al.) was just starting his career in the motion-picture industry as an interviewer and critic. By the middle of the decade, he was working as a technical assistant for renowned low-budget producer/director Roger Corman, with whom he developed a good working relationship and a great mutual respect.
Impressed with Bogdanovich's creative and aesthetic contributions to the projects of others on his staff, Corman offered him the opportunity to write and direct a horror cheapie of his own, and of course, Bogdanovich jumped at the chance. But this would be a true test of Bogdanovich's mettle, Corman warned, because there would be three restrictions placed upon the project: Bogdanovich must keep the cost of making the film within its meager budget; the film must make prudent use of footage edited out of Corman's earlier cheapie, THE TERROR; and the film must feature actor Boris Karloff (yes, THE Boris Karloff, who was contractually indebted to Corman's production studio for one last film). The result? TARGETS, Bogdanovich's suspensful and intriguing two-pronged study of the effects of unrelenting ennui.
In the film, Karloff portrays Byron Orlok, an aged horror star of yesteryear who, despite opposition from his assistant and a director friend, wants to retire from filmmaking. The world has become so apathetic towards violence, he believes, that everyday events can sometimes be scarier than any of his fright flicks, and thereby his work has become passé.
Tim O'Kelly plays a dissatisfied young husband whose lack of genuine success is making it difficult for him to live in the shadow of his overbearing father.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Forgotten Gem. Nov. 10 2003
By tvtv3
Format:VHS Tape
TARGETS was the directorial debut of Peter Bogdanovich and was one of the last films that Boris Karloff ever made. The movie ties two seemingly separate stories together and unites them in a climax at a drive-in movie theatre. Karloff plays an aged actor famous for his roles in horror movies who decides to retire. He agrees to make one last public performance before moving back to Europe permanently. Meanwhile, Tim O'Kelly plays a psychopath who murders his wife and mother before going on a shooting rampage with a sniper rifle. It's quite intriguing how the two stories connect and are finally tied together in the end.
The movie causes one to think and is a good film to watch nowadays to consider the impact media may or may not have upon violence.
There are several scenes in the film worthy of discussion, but two particularly stick out in my mind. The first one is when Karloff awakens in the morning and startles himself in the mirror. It makes me wonder how much of a success he might have had as a comedian. The second scene is when Karloff's character is discussing what to do at the drive-in as his swan song and he decides to tell a story. The story he tells is "Death Speaks" by W. Somerset Maugham. Hearing the story told by Karloff can give one the chills just by listening to it.
Overall, a fine little movie worth watching.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Is This What I Was Afraid Of?" Aug. 26 2003
By mackjay
Format:DVD
The DVD edition of TARGETS does more than justice to this terrific film that should be known by more viewers. Not for Karloff fans only, TARGETS is a uniquely suspensful film that combines a serial killer narrative with that of the final career stage of an aging king of horror films. What may be surprising is that it works. It works very well. Peter Bogdanovich demonstrates plenty of assurance and resourcefulness in this project that may have defeated a less adventurous director. There are no dull moments in TARGETS and the viewer continually marvels at the ingenuity of Bogdanovich, the cinematographer, and the sound technicians (this is one of the first studio-supported films that does not use a soundtrack, rather it uses source music only).
Karloff is in very good form here, delivering a subtle, humorous, self-deprecating portrayal that will not soon be forgotten by anyone who sees it. It is a worthy swan song for the great horror icon.
TARGETS looks downright incredible on DVD. Presented in widescreen, the nearly flawless image quality betrays almost nothing of the film's age. There is a short documentary on the making of the film, which includes portions of the trailer (which is itself not included as a supplement on the disc). The director makes many points that are repeated in the feature-length commentary. Bogdanovich's commentaries are among the better examples of their kind: he explains a lot about how shots were achieved, but he also gives plenty of credit for inspiration from older film makers--like Sam Fuller, Orson Welles, Hitchcock, John Ford, and Roger Corman--and he seems to have an endless collection of interesting anecdotes about the movie business.
Don't pass up this fantastic DVD.
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4.0 out of 5 stars OK in its day!
I bought this title on the basis of the reviews below. Certainly the film has its merits, but it has become dated. Read more
Published on May 25 2007 by D. A. Mannock
5.0 out of 5 stars Blew me away...no pun intended.
I had been reading about this movie for thirty years and after renting it from the incomparable MOVIE MADNESS I can only say I wish I had seen it sooner. Read more
Published on Aug. 10 2006 by Raegan Butcher
3.0 out of 5 stars a grand exit (well cose to an exit)
corman wows here and reminds us that we really lost a very good director when he decided to devote all of his time to producing. Read more
Published on April 23 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Lost Treasure
Boris Karloff gave one of his finest performances in this film and proved that he didn't have to be the movie's monster to be the star. Read more
Published on Nov. 27 2003 by Orion
5.0 out of 5 stars chilling
This is a great transfer of Peter Bogdanovich's first film as director. Tim O'Kelly is genuinely creepy as the random sniper and Boris Karloff puts in a fine performance in one of... Read more
Published on Nov. 3 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Victims of the Screen World
Peter Bogdanovich produced, directed, edited and wrote the screenplay to TARGETS. The film has a curious and dichotomous quality to it. Read more
Published on Oct. 29 2002 by gobirds2
3.0 out of 5 stars Macabre Mixture
When Hermoine Gingold told Jimmy Stewart to " Drink It"!! she wasnt kidding. This is a quirky violent tale of murder and mayhem in a drive in movie. Read more
Published on July 14 2001 by charles pope
5.0 out of 5 stars An Underestimated National Resource
This film is one of i-don't-know-how-many in all that clearly reveals ther existence of a great national resource that most people aren't even aware exists -- Roger Corman! Read more
Published on Jan. 19 2001 by Fairportfan
5.0 out of 5 stars OUT WITH THE OLD HORROR, IN WITH THE NEW
Peter B. debuts with this fine movie. The old, Victorian horror moves out...and the new, all-too-real horror appears. Read more
Published on Dec 18 2000 by Telepathonflame@aol.com
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