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.
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.
"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.