Friday, July 11, 2014

490. Targets

Directed by Peter Bogdanovich

We finally get to a really good film after a string of absolute snores.  I have never heard anyone mention this film before in my life, but it turned out to a really great find from The List.

The story revolves around a young Vietnam veteran who kills his mother and wife before going on a shooting spree at a local drive in.  Meanwhile, a faded movie star struggles to be relevant (or as I call it, The Robin Williams story).

I am fervently against acknowledging mass shooters or romanticizing them in fiction.  However, this film's depiction of the killer, who is loosely based on Charles Witman, is very artfully done.  I was entertained and interested the entire time, without feeling like the filmmakers were glorifying anyone or promoting anything.

The use of Boris Karloff is absolutely brilliant and kind of made me miss doing earlier films.  It is a pretty upsetting film, but a very successful thriller.

RATING: ****-

Interesting Facts:

Boris Karloff lived just long enough to see the finished film and receive the praise he deserved for his role in it.



  1. Good Morning Amanda...
    And i see we have 4 new postings to go at today.. so let me start with this one and a big 'I agree',, because I'm afraid I see our friend Mr. Bergman approaching.. and, after a long run of agreements on your comments.. we may be heading.. Well, lets not predict too strongly.

    1. Loved this one too and I am glad that we could agree!

  2. I am going to watch this right away. Thanks for the review!

  3. It was cool to see Boris Karloff again and nice that he lived to see the result.