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550 Ratings


Directed by Peter Bogdanovich
United States, 1968
Horror, Thriller


Elderly horror-film star who, while making a personal appearance at a drive-in theater, confronts a psychotic Vietnam veteran who’s turned into a mass-murdering sniper.

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Targets Directed by Peter Bogdanovich

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  • Howard Orr's rating of the film Targets

    "Targets" is important because it marks the point where the pathologies of serial killers became the new dreamscape of cinema horror. The film essentially acts as a metaphor for the death of Karloff's metier, perhaps because his brand of horror refused to step out of the screen.

  • chanandre's rating of the film Targets

    [Cinémathèque PT #560: 35 mm] (2007) - my favorite Bogdanovich film of his. Probably the triangle made of Bogdanovich, Corman and Karloff. The Hitchcock-style of directing and a kick-ass script. No classic soundtrack. That all helped, i'm sure.

  • Graveyard Poet's rating of the film Targets

    By far Peter Bogdanovich's best (and most underrated) film--a taut and tense thriller inspired by the August 1, 1966 Charles Whitman shootings at the Texas Tower in Austin.

  • Matt Keane's rating of the film Targets

    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.

  • Weena Eloi's rating of the film Targets

    It's Peter Bogdanovich's strangest film but definitely my favorite. It stars Boris Karloff, who had only a few days left on his contract with Roger Corman so he loaned him out to Bogdanovich for this quick, action-packed quickie. This is powerful stuff. Loosely based on the psychotic Charles Whitman's rampage at the Unversity of Texas in Austin in 1966, it's a frickin' masterpiece.

  • Richard Tines's rating of the film Targets

    UNSEEN I liked "The Last Picture Show", and they're featuring early Bogdanovich on another film channel, but I don't want some idiot to go on a shooting spree so I can't watch this. Doesn't sound that interesting anyway. Had we but world enough and time, this idleness would be no crime..., Sounds and looks like Taxi Driver without the existential grime, or the Driller Killer (also haven't finished) without the acid.

  • Django's rating of the film Targets

    A remarkably strong film considering all the constraints behind its creation. Bogdanovich shows a sure hand as both a writer and director (although not so much as an actor) in this his first real outing and Karloff gives one of his better late career performances.

  • CarlosEsquives's rating of the film Targets

    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.