History Film / Targets

21st Apr '17 1:07:00 AM CL
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* CoolOldGuy: Both Creator/BorisKarloff and the character he's playing, Byron Orlok. Karloff was a nice guy in RealLife (and he even worked on this film for free when it ran over the two days he owed Corman), and Orlok is pretty much the same.
** [[spoiler: He also proves to be a BadassGrandpa at the end, when he finally comes face-to-face with the sniper: he walks straight into the line of fire, uses '''''his cane''''' [[CaneFu to knock the gun away]] and brings the young whipper-snapper [[VillainousBSOD to his knees]] with a few well-placed slaps.]]

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* CoolOldGuy: Both Creator/BorisKarloff and the character he's playing, Byron Orlok. Karloff was a nice guy in RealLife (and he even worked on this film for free when it ran over the two days he owed Corman), and Orlok is pretty much the same.
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same. [[spoiler: He also proves to be a BadassGrandpa at the end, when he finally comes face-to-face with the sniper: he walks straight into the line of fire, uses '''''his cane''''' [[CaneFu to knock the gun away]] and brings the young whipper-snapper [[VillainousBSOD to his knees]] with a few well-placed slaps.]]



* MirrorScare: At one point Orlok is startled by his own reflection, a bit suggested by Karloff himself.
** During the final shooting spree, Thompson [[spoiler:is unable to determine which Orlok to shoot at - the one onscreen at the drive-in theater or the one [[ParanoiaFuel coming right at him]].]]

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* MirrorScare: At one point Orlok is startled by his own reflection, a bit suggested by Karloff himself.
** During
himself. And during the final shooting spree, Thompson [[spoiler:is unable to determine which Orlok to shoot at - the one onscreen at the drive-in theater or the one [[ParanoiaFuel coming right at him]].]]



* RippedFromTheHeadlines: Bobby Thompson is an Expy of mass murderer [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Whitman Charles Whitman]], who two years prior to this film's release killed 14 and wounded 31 by sniping at them with a rifle from the observation deck of the 30-story tower building at the University of Texas in Austin.
* ShoutOut: Karloff's earlier films are referenced in this film as being part of Orlok's career; using the footage was part of the deal with Corman.

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* RippedFromTheHeadlines: Bobby Thompson is an Expy based on of mass murderer [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Whitman Charles Whitman]], who two years prior to this film's release killed 14 and wounded 31 by sniping at them with a rifle from the observation deck of the 30-story tower building at the University of Texas in Austin.
* ShoutOut: ShoutOut:
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Karloff's earlier films are referenced in this film as being part of Orlok's career; using the footage was part of the deal with Corman.



* TheSixties
* SlasherMovie: An early textbook example that features an AxCrazy gunman like Bobby Thompson in place of the usual KnifeNut as the BigBad in later examples.

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* TheSixties
* SlasherMovie: An early textbook example that features an AxCrazy gunman like Bobby Thompson in place
TheSixties: The setting, of the usual KnifeNut as the BigBad in later examples.course.



* TwoLinesNoWaiting
* UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar: Thompson is an early veteran of the war.

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* TwoLinesNoWaiting
TwoLinesNoWaiting: Byron and Bobby's stories, which converge for the finale.
* UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar: Thompson is an early veteran of the war.war, and possibly a ShellShockedVeteran.
15th Feb '17 9:31:38 PM Mdumas43073
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* RippedFromTheHeadlines: Bobby Thompson is an Expy of mass murderer [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Whitman Charles Whitman]], who two years prior to this film's release killed 14 and wounded 31 by sniping a them with a rifle from the observation deck of the 30-story tower building at the University of Texas in Austin.

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* RippedFromTheHeadlines: Bobby Thompson is an Expy of mass murderer [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Whitman Charles Whitman]], who two years prior to this film's release killed 14 and wounded 31 by sniping a at them with a rifle from the observation deck of the 30-story tower building at the University of Texas in Austin.
15th Feb '17 9:31:23 PM Mdumas43073
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* ReluctantPsycho: Thompson fumblingly attempts to warn his wife about what is happening to him; when this fails, like his [[RippedFromTheHeadlines real-life inspiration]] Whitman, he types up a note calmly detailing what he is about to do.
* RippedFromTheHeadlines: Bobby Thompson is an Expy of mass murderer Charles Whitman.

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* ReluctantPsycho: Thompson fumblingly attempts to warn his wife about what is happening to him; when this fails, like his [[RippedFromTheHeadlines real-life inspiration]] Charles Whitman, he types up a note calmly detailing what he is about to do.
* RippedFromTheHeadlines: Bobby Thompson is an Expy of mass murderer [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Whitman Charles Whitman.Whitman]], who two years prior to this film's release killed 14 and wounded 31 by sniping a them with a rifle from the observation deck of the 30-story tower building at the University of Texas in Austin.
15th Feb '17 9:24:38 PM Mdumas43073
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* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Orlok, obviously. He's built up a career playing monsters and maniacs, but off-camera he's clearly very kind and classy (again, just like Karloff himself). Thompson [[NiceCharacterMeanActor is the exact opposite]]; while he [[StepfordSmiler maintains the facade of a cheerful, normal, All-American youth]], he really seems to be a monster on the inside.

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* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Orlok, obviously.In-universe, Orlok is one of these. He's built up a career playing monsters and maniacs, but off-camera he's clearly very kind and classy (again, just like Karloff himself). Thompson [[NiceCharacterMeanActor is the exact opposite]]; while he [[StepfordSmiler maintains the facade of a cheerful, normal, All-American youth]], he really seems to be a monster on the inside.
15th Feb '17 9:20:25 PM Mdumas43073
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''Targets'' is a 1968 horror thriller, produced by Creator/RogerCorman and directed by Peter Bogdanovich, that focuses on two men in UsefulNotes/LosAngeles.

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''Targets'' is a 1968 horror thriller, horror/thriller film, produced by Creator/RogerCorman and directed by Peter Bogdanovich, that focuses on two men in UsefulNotes/LosAngeles.
8th Feb '17 10:47:23 PM Agent_Nanbara
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* HarsherInHindsight: Obviously the film's finale is all the more unsettling when viewed today after the events in Aurora, Colorado on July 20th, 2012.
8th Feb '17 10:46:33 PM Agent_Nanbara
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* HarsherinHindsight: Obviously the film's finale is all the more unsettling when viewed today after the events in Aurora, Colorado on July 20th, 2012.

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* HarsherinHindsight: HarsherInHindsight: Obviously the film's finale is all the more unsettling when viewed today after the events in Aurora, Colorado on July 20th, 2012.
8th Feb '17 9:37:15 PM Agent_Nanbara
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* HarsherinHindsight: Obviously the film's finale is all the more unsettling when viewed today after the events in Aurora, Colorado on July 20th, 2012.
30th Dec '16 10:59:45 AM ThePest179
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* FaceOfAnAngelMindOfADemon: Bobby Thompson has boyish good looks, but is a deranged mass murderer. The gun clerk that sells him a rifle even says he has a "nice face".



* GunNut: Thompson has a large number of guns, and is a crack shot.

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* GunNut: Thompson has a large truly staggering number of guns, and is a crack shot.
17th Nov '16 6:12:45 AM ThePest179
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* ColdSniper: Thompson is pretty calm during his shooting spree.
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