This is a powerful, thought provoking film that is just as much relevant today as it was when it was released in 1968. Bogdanovich crafts a perfect blend of comedy and suspense that evokes the style of heroes such as Hawks and Ford and with enough edginess to be in the league of Penn and Peckinpah were changing the landscape of on screen violence. Boris Karloff gives his best performance,
Not only is it inspired by an actual case of someone named "Tower Sniper", but shows such a fascination with this topic, the shooting sequences come across as almost liberating. It was later of no surprise finding out Sam Fuller had something to do with it. Karloff's character seems to propose an inter-generational dissidence rooted in America's existing gun issue.
Un ícono del terror reflexiona sobre su retiro al afirmar que su estereotipo es caduco, generándose a su vez una nueva forma de terror. Bogdanovich no pudo pensar en mejor actor que protagonise al héroe de su película. Karloff parece sacado de una western. Envejecido aunque con una esencia inmutable. Se percibe en un cuento narrado o cuando enfrenta a la muerte. La tensión y el biopic de un veterano son lo mejor.
Been wanting to see this for ages and it surpassed my expectations. I was not expecting it to be so tense and gripping, nor for it to be quite so prescient regarding gun control and how the media has created a society desensitized to violence. Karloff brings an old school style and class which reinforces the shooters emasculation and alienation. One of the greatest directorial debuts I have seen.