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With: Boris Karloff, Peter Bogdanovich, Tim O'Kelly, Arthur Peterson, Monty Landis, Nancy Hsueh, Daniel Ades, Stafford Morgan, James Brown, Mary Jackson, Tanya Morgan, Tim Burns, Warren White, Mark Dennis, Sandy Baron
Written by: Peter Bogdanovich, Polly Platt
Directed by: Peter Bogdanovich
MPAA Rating: R for violent content
Running Time: 90
Date: 08/13/1968

Targets (1968)

4 Stars (out of 4)

Deconstructing Scary

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Director Peter Bogdanovich (The Last Picture Show) made his directorial debut with this brilliant film starring Boris Karloff in one of his last roles. Karloff plays an aging horror film star about to retire in a scary real-life world where an ordinary white-bread man can climb on top of a water tower and start shooting people on the freeway. The film winds up as Karloff encounters the sniper at the drive-in during the premiere of his latest film. Director Peter Bogdanovich was a film critic and writer before he turned filmmaker, and he has a million stories about the great Hollywood personalites like Alfred Hitchcock, John Ford, Sam Fuller, and many more. The story of how Targets came about is just as interesting as the film itself, making this an essential commentary track. (Not to mention that Bogdanovich can do impressions of all the old Hollywood greats.)

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