Targets

1968, Mystery & thriller, 1h 32m

29 Reviews 2,500+ Ratings

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A startling directorial debut by Peter Bogdanovich mixes an homage to Boris Karloff horror films with a timely sniper story to create a thriller with modern baggage and old school shock and awe. Read critic reviews

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After unhinged Vietnam vet Bobby Thompson (Tim O'Kelly) kills his wife and mother, he goes on a brutal shooting spree. Starting at an oil refinery, he evades the police and continues his murderous outing at a drive-in movie theater, where Byron Orlock (Boris Karloff), a retiring horror film icon, is making a promotional appearance. Before long, Orlock, a symbol of fantastical old-fashioned scares, faces off against Thompson, a remorseless psychopath rooted in a harsh modern reality.

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  • Jan 21, 2022
    Karloff is great here (obviously) and Bogdanovich really was taping into something about American violence that unfortunately remains eternally relevant.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Apr 02, 2011
    A intelligent, slow burner that has a brilliant ending. You can follow it from the start and keep guessing as to what will happen as the characters stories intertwine with each other. Brilliant performances and a great watch.
    Sophie B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 28, 2010
    Why am I just hearing about this movie?! I recorded this movie off the movie channel just because I liked the description.When I started to watch it, I really expected Targets to suck but I was I wrong.Targets was a great movie.I noticed my favorite Boris Karloff roles are when he's not playing a monster or something similar
    Brody M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 01, 2009
    Has some great scenes but, all in all, isn't all that captivating.
    vieras e Super Reviewer

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