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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.

!!Tropes:

* 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.
* 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.
* 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.
** [[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.]]
* 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.
* {{Drive-In Theater}}: Where the climax of the film takes place.
* 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".]]
* MalevolentArchitecture: The decor of Thompson's suburban home could drive anyone crazy.
* 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.
* 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]].]]
* NothingIsScarier / RealityHasNoSoundtrack / SilentCredits: The film has no music soundtrack, except for a tune heard on a car radio.
* 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.
* 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.
** The screenwriter's name Sammy Michaels was named for Creator/SamuelFuller, who helped write the film's screenplay.
* 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.
* StealthInsult:
-->'''[[DumbassDJ Kip Larkin]]:''' Mr. O, I must have dug your flicks like four zillion times! You ''blew my mind!''
-->'''[[DeadpanSnarker Orlock]]:''' Obviously.
* TwoLinesNoWaiting
* VietnamWar: Thompson is an early veteran of the war.
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