23 August 2014

Targets (1968)
89 min.
Directed by Peter Bogdanovich.
With Boris Karloff, Tim O'Kelly, Nancy Hsueh, James Brown, Peter Bogdanovich, Sandy Baron, Arthur Peterson, Mary Jackson, Tanya Morgan, Monty Landis.
Expert suspense underscores this last terror outing for legend Karloff.

Veteran horror film star Byron Orlok (Karloff) has decided to retire from the movies, but agrees to one last public appearance at a drive-in theatre.

Little does Orlok know a deranged sniper has chosen the venue as his last stand with civilization...the psychotic plans to claim as many lives as possible.

Director (and co-star) Bogdanovich crafts a superb product here, a tribute both to classic gothic horror and a chilling foreshadowing of the coldhearted terrorism that would take its place...

Karloff delivers an exceptionally human performance: poignant, comedic and believable; his weighty last line here is one of the most powerful moments of Targets - and possibly of his entire career.

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