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  • Actors: Boris Karloff, Tim O'Kelly, Arthur Peterson, Monte Landis, Nancy Hsueh
  • Directors: Peter Bogdanovich
  • Writers: Peter Bogdanovich, Polly Platt, Samuel Fuller
  • Producers: Peter Bogdanovich, Daniel Selznick, Roger Corman
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: 5 April 2004
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00018HTTG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,511 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A retiring horror movie star confronts a gun-crazy youth at a drive-in theater where the actor is making his final appearance.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 10 Sept. 2006
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Targets is a great example of the good old days when indie films had plots instead of character studies, were aimed at mass audiences instead of the festival crowd and the awards circuit and when hungry young directors could elevate exploitation flicks into something much more challenging.

Tim Kelly, surprisingly like a more wholesome white-bread Matt Damon, is the all-American boy who one day buys a rifle and plenty of ammo, kills his family and moves on to shooting random human targets, first from a water tower and subsequently from behind the screen at a drive-in movie theatre where Boris Karloff's disillusioned horror star is due to make his last personal appearance. No explanations, no motives, just impersonal mechanical violence that's far worse than any horror film. Similarly, it could be argued that there's no real `point' to the film - just a sad observation of the way that reality can be far worse than the imagination. In many ways Peter Bogdanovich still hasn't made a better film.

Although not extras heavy, the lengthy introduction featurette with Bogdanovich and the director's audio commentary more than make up in quality what the disc lacks in quantity.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jeremiah harbottle on 7 Jun. 2012
Format: DVD
if boris karloff had finished his acting days with the film "targets," it would be a respectable end to a glorious career.
this cleverly has two supposedly unrelated subplots that come together for the films disturbing and highly effective climax.
first of all, we have the aging film star byron orlock(karloff) who has grown weary of providing horror onscreen, when he knows that his films can't compete with the horrors of everyday life. next, we see a young and seemingly average all american boy slowly but surely succumb to the temptation of embarking on a one-man murdering rampage.
partially based on true events, the director based the gun-totting character on a man who shot several people at a college campus in 1966 before turning the gun on himself.
boris karloff gives a brilliant performance as the somewhat disillusioned and tired film star who wants to settle down and enjoy retirement. his screentime is actually quite limited as his services could only be afforded for 3 days of shooting. as a result, there was approximately 20 minutes of footage of karloff in the can. the direcor has put the footage to very good use throughout the film.
a minor masterpiece, in spite of the obvious low budget.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Hawkeye on 12 Aug. 2007
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Intelligent and very effective horror/thriller tracking two simultaneous plot strands - a retiring horror actor's final public appearance and a frighteningly average young man intent on a killing spree with a long-range rifle.
Despite the predictable convergence of the two story lines, the tension is brilliantly sustained. Karloff's lightly humourous strand of the story comes as a welcome relief from the inevitability of the sniper's actions as he gathers his arsenal of guns.
The shocking climax at the drive-in cinema cleverly underlines the stark difference between the innocence of the old fashioned horror the drive-in audience are watching (real footage of Karloff film 'The Terror') and the frightening reality of the film we are watching.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brendan Ray Cyrus on 9 Feb. 2009
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"Is that what I was afraid of?" Karloff wonders at the end of this 1968 low budget movie. Although Targets does have faults, not the least of which is its sometimes painfully obvious low-budget, it makes up for these failings with some very effective scenes of suspense and terror, a marvellously well-observed showing by the star, and assured work from Bogdanovich who also wrote, produced and edited the film.
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