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22nd Feb '16 5:04:43 PM MarkLungo
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* VietnamWar: Thompson is an early veteran of the war.

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* VietnamWar: UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar: Thompson is an early veteran of the war.
2nd Dec '15 11:47:25 PM lolface123
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* AxCrazy: Thompson, when he finally snaps.
3rd Oct '15 7:26:48 PM maxwellsilver
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One is Byron Orlok (Creator/BorisKarloff), an aging and beloved horror film actor who has announced his decision to retire from film-making, feeling that RealLife is churning out more and far worse horrors than anything he can hope to put on screen. The other is young Vietnam vet [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Whitman Bobby Thompson]] (Tim O'Kelly) who unknowingly sets out to prove Orlok's point when he finally snaps under the [[StepfordSuburbia soulless banality]] of his existence, gathers up an arsenal, and goes on a shooting spree. Inevitably, the paths of the two men cross...

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One is Byron Orlok (Creator/BorisKarloff), an aging and beloved horror film actor who has announced his decision to retire from film-making, feeling that RealLife is churning out more and far worse horrors than anything he can hope to put on screen. The other is young Vietnam vet Bobby Thompson (Tim O'Kelly) who unknowingly sets out to prove Orlok's point when he finally snaps under the [[StepfordSuburbia soulless banality]] of his existence, gathers up an arsenal, and goes on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Whitman Bobby Thompson]] (Tim O'Kelly) who unknowingly sets out to prove Orlok's point when he finally snaps under the [[StepfordSuburbia soulless banality]] of his existence, gathers up an arsenal, and goes on a shooting spree.spree]]. Inevitably, the paths of the two men cross...
5th Aug '15 5:07:06 PM MarkLungo
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* {{Drive-In Theater}}: Where the climax of the film takes place.

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* {{Drive-In Theater}}: DriveInTheater: Where the climax of the film takes place.
22nd Jul '15 8:49:00 PM maxwellsilver
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One is Byron Orlok (Creator/BorisKarloff), an aging and beloved horror film actor who has announced his decision to retire from film-making, feeling that RealLife is churning out more and far worse horrors than anything he can hope to put on screen. The other is young Vietnam vet [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Whitman Bobby Thompson]] (Tim O'Kelly) who unknowingly sets out to prove Orlok's point when he finally snaps under the [[StepfordSuburbia soulless banality]] of his existence, gathers up [[MoreDakka an arsenal]], and goes on a [[AxCrazy shooting spree]]. Inevitably, the paths of the two men cross...

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One is Byron Orlok (Creator/BorisKarloff), an aging and beloved horror film actor who has announced his decision to retire from film-making, feeling that RealLife is churning out more and far worse horrors than anything he can hope to put on screen. The other is young Vietnam vet [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Whitman Bobby Thompson]] (Tim O'Kelly) who unknowingly sets out to prove Orlok's point when he finally snaps under the [[StepfordSuburbia soulless banality]] of his existence, gathers up [[MoreDakka an arsenal]], arsenal, and goes on a [[AxCrazy shooting spree]].spree. Inevitably, the paths of the two men cross...



* AffablyEvil: After killing his wife and mother, Thompson, while buying numerous rounds (that wouldn't be a big deal back in the 1960s, or in Texas today), casually carries on a conversation with the gun store owner.

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* AffablyEvil: After killing his wife and mother, Thompson, while buying numerous rounds (that wouldn't be a big deal back in the 1960s, or in Texas today), rounds, casually carries on a conversation with the gun store owner.
20th May '15 1:06:49 AM Mdumas43073
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* BedmateReveal: Orlok and Sammy get drunk and end up falling asleep in Sammy's bedroom. Sammy has a bad dream and startles himself awake:

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* BedmateReveal: Orlok and Sammy get drunk and end up falling asleep in Sammy's bedroom. Sammy has a bad dream and [[CatapultNightmare startles himself awake:awake]]:
20th May '15 1:05:47 AM Mdumas43073
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One is Byron Orlock (Creator/BorisKarloff), an aging and beloved horror film actor who has announced his decision to retire from film-making, feeling that RealLife is churning out more and far worse horrors than anything he can hope to put on screen. The other is young Vietnam vet [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Whitman Bobby Thompson]] (Tim O'Kelly) who unknowingly sets out to prove Orlock's point when he finally snaps under the [[StepfordSuburbia soulless banality]] of his existence, gathers up [[MoreDakka an arsenal]], and goes on a [[AxCrazy shooting spree]]. Inevitably, the paths of the two men cross...

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One is Byron Orlock Orlok (Creator/BorisKarloff), an aging and beloved horror film actor who has announced his decision to retire from film-making, feeling that RealLife is churning out more and far worse horrors than anything he can hope to put on screen. The other is young Vietnam vet [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Whitman Bobby Thompson]] (Tim O'Kelly) who unknowingly sets out to prove Orlock's Orlok's point when he finally snaps under the [[StepfordSuburbia soulless banality]] of his existence, gathers up [[MoreDakka an arsenal]], and goes on a [[AxCrazy shooting spree]]. Inevitably, the paths of the two men cross...



* BedmateReveal: Orlock and Sammy get drunk and end up falling asleep in Sammy's bedroom. Sammy has a bad dream and startles himself awake:
-->'''Orlock:''' ''(suffering from HangoverSensitivity)'' Why did you yell?!\\
'''Sammy:''' I was having a nightmare and I woke up next to Byron Orlock!\\
'''Orlock:''' ''(sourly)'' Very funny.

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* BedmateReveal: Orlock Orlok and Sammy get drunk and end up falling asleep in Sammy's bedroom. Sammy has a bad dream and startles himself awake:
-->'''Orlock:''' ''(suffering -->'''Orlok:''' [''suffering from HangoverSensitivity)'' HangoverSensitivity''] Why did you yell?!\\
'''Sammy:''' I was having a nightmare and I woke up next to Byron Orlock!\\
'''Orlock:''' ''(sourly)''
Orlok!\\
'''Orlok:''' [''sourly'']
Very funny.



* CoolOldGuy: Both Creator/BorisKarloff and the character he's playing, Byron Orlock. 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 Orlock is pretty much the same.

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* CoolOldGuy: Both Creator/BorisKarloff and the character he's playing, Byron Orlock. 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 Orlock Orlok is pretty much the same.



* CrapsackWorld: One of Orlock's reasons for retiring is that the ''real world'' is becoming more horrifying than the scary movies he made. Considering how Thompson's shooting spree ''was'' based on the real-life Whitman shootings, he's depressingly correct.

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* CrapsackWorld: One of Orlock's Orlok's reasons for retiring is that the ''real world'' real world is becoming more horrifying than the scary movies he made. Considering how Thompson's shooting spree ''was'' based on the real-life Whitman shootings, he's depressingly correct.



* DumbassDJ: Orlock has to suffer through an interview with one.
* EndOfAnAge: Orlock's retirement signals an end to the Monster and MadScientist era of horror films... with Thompson's shooting spree [[DawnOfAnEra signaling the beginning]] of the next wave of horror based on [[HumansAreBastards human evils]] like [[SerialKiller serial killers]].
* GoodColorsEvilColors: All of Orlock's scenes are shot in mellow autumnal shades, while Thompson's are cold sterile blues.
* LetMeTellYouAStory: Orlock gives a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oe8Vpn9dgU8 lovely recitation]] of the story [[http://www.k-state.edu/english/baker/english320/Maugham-AS.htm "An Appointment in Samarra".]]

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* DumbassDJ: Orlock Orlok has to suffer through an interview with one.
* EndOfAnAge: Orlock's Orlok's retirement signals an end to the Monster and MadScientist era of horror films... with Thompson's shooting spree [[DawnOfAnEra signaling the beginning]] of the next wave of horror based on [[HumansAreBastards human evils]] like [[SerialKiller serial killers]].
* GoodColorsEvilColors: All of Orlock's Orlok's scenes are shot in mellow autumnal shades, while Thompson's are cold sterile blues.
* LetMeTellYouAStory: Orlock Orlok gives a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oe8Vpn9dgU8 lovely recitation]] of the story [[http://www.k-state.edu/english/baker/english320/Maugham-AS.htm "An Appointment in Samarra".]]



* MeaningfulName: Byron Orlock. The last name is borrowed from Count Orlock of ''Film/{{Nosferatu}}'', the first name from Creator/LordByron.
* MirrorScare: At one point Orlock is startled by his own reflection, a bit suggested by Karloff himself.
** During the final shooting spree, Thompson [[spoiler:is unable to determine which Orlock to shoot at - the one onscreen at the drive-in theater or the one [[ParanoiaFuel coming right at him]].]]

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* MeaningfulName: Byron Orlock. Orlok. The last name is borrowed from Count Orlock Orlok of ''Film/{{Nosferatu}}'', the first name from Creator/LordByron.
* MirrorScare: At one point Orlock 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 Orlock Orlok to shoot at - the one onscreen at the drive-in theater or the one [[ParanoiaFuel coming right at him]].]]



* ShoutOut: Karloff's earlier films are referenced in this film as being part of Orlock's career; using the footage was part of the deal with Corman.

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* ShoutOut: Karloff's earlier films are referenced in this film as being part of Orlock's Orlok's career; using the footage was part of the deal with Corman.



-->'''[[DeadpanSnarker Orlock]]:''' Obviously.

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-->'''[[DeadpanSnarker Orlock]]:''' Orlok]]:''' Obviously.
20th May '15 1:01:01 AM Mdumas43073
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The film is a chilling and provocative meditation on an increasingly violent America, a worthy coda for Karloff's career, a fine directorial debut for Bogdanovich, and a symbolic passing of the torch from one generation of filmmakers to the next.

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The film is a chilling and provocative meditation on an increasingly violent America, a worthy coda for Karloff's career, a fine directorial debut for Bogdanovich, and a symbolic passing of the torch from one generation of filmmakers to the next.
20th May '15 12:59:50 AM Mdumas43073
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'''''Targets''''' is a 1968 horror thriller (produced by Creator/RogerCorman, directed by Peter Bogdanovich) that focuses on two men in UsefulNotes/LosAngeles. One is Byron Orlock (Creator/BorisKarloff), an aging and beloved horror film actor who has announced his decision to retire from film-making, feeling that RealLife is churning out more and far worse horrors than anything he can hope to put on screen. The other is young Vietnam vet [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Whitman Bobby Thompson]] (Tim O'Kelly) who unknowingly sets out to prove Orlock's point when he finally snaps under the [[StepfordSuburbia soulless banality]] of his existence, gathers up [[MoreDakka an arsenal]], and goes on a [[AxCrazy shooting spree]]. Inevitably, the paths of the two men cross...

A worthy coda for Karloff's career, and a symbolic passing of the torch from one generation of filmmakers to the next.

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'''''Targets''''' is a 1968 horror thriller (produced by Creator/RogerCorman, directed by Peter Bogdanovich) that focuses on two men in UsefulNotes/LosAngeles.

One is Byron Orlock (Creator/BorisKarloff), an aging and beloved horror film actor who has announced his decision to retire from film-making, feeling that RealLife is churning out more and far worse horrors than anything he can hope to put on screen. The other is young Vietnam vet [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Whitman Bobby Thompson]] (Tim O'Kelly) who unknowingly sets out to prove Orlock's point when he finally snaps under the [[StepfordSuburbia soulless banality]] of his existence, gathers up [[MoreDakka an arsenal]], and goes on a [[AxCrazy shooting spree]]. Inevitably, the paths of the two men cross...

A The film is a chilling and provocative meditation on an increasingly violent America, a worthy coda for Karloff's career, a fine directorial debut for Bogdanovich, and a symbolic passing of the torch from one generation of filmmakers to the next.
20th May '15 12:57:46 AM Mdumas43073
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''Targets'' is a 1968 horror thriller (produced by Creator/RogerCorman, directed by Peter Bogdanovich) that focuses on two men in UsefulNotes/LosAngeles. One is Byron Orlock (Creator/BorisKarloff), an aging and beloved horror film actor who has announced his decision to retire from film-making, feeling that RealLife is churning out more and far worse horrors than anything he can hope to put on screen. The other is young Vietnam vet [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Whitman Bobby Thompson]] (Tim O'Kelly) who unknowingly sets out to prove Orlock's point when he finally snaps under the [[StepfordSuburbia soulless banality]] of his existence, gathers up [[MoreDakka an arsenal]], and goes on a [[AxCrazy shooting spree]]. Inevitably, the paths of the two men cross...

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''Targets'' '''''Targets''''' is a 1968 horror thriller (produced by Creator/RogerCorman, directed by Peter Bogdanovich) that focuses on two men in UsefulNotes/LosAngeles. One is Byron Orlock (Creator/BorisKarloff), an aging and beloved horror film actor who has announced his decision to retire from film-making, feeling that RealLife is churning out more and far worse horrors than anything he can hope to put on screen. The other is young Vietnam vet [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Whitman Bobby Thompson]] (Tim O'Kelly) who unknowingly sets out to prove Orlock's point when he finally snaps under the [[StepfordSuburbia soulless banality]] of his existence, gathers up [[MoreDakka an arsenal]], and goes on a [[AxCrazy shooting spree]]. Inevitably, the paths of the two men cross...
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