YMMV / Targets

  • Genre Turning Point: As noted on the main page, this film marked the change from fantastical Mad Scientist horror toward the use of more realistic Serial Killer-type evil as villains.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Obviously the film's finale is all the more unsettling when viewed today after the events in Aurora, Colorado on July 20th, 2012.
  • Vindicated by History: Not a big box office hit when it was released, Too Soon after the Whitman shootings and just as Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy were assassinated, the film has been re-assessed as a classic film, an excellent capper to Karloff's career, and a chilling statement on the banal brutality of the real world.