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Updated: 2017-11-21T18:26:42.410-06:00

 



Love this review! I was really glad to see this fi...

2011-07-12T23:01:01.868-05:00

Love this review! I was really glad to see this film mentioned in Shock Value, but I have to say, you do such a great job of explaining so much about what Targets does. Good on ya!



Karloff's bewildered last line just sums this ...

2009-11-25T12:50:14.498-06:00

Karloff's bewildered last line just sums this movie up: "Is that what I was afraid of?" Bogdanovich's point is clear -- real-life monsters are cowards. We're allowing ourselves to become afraid of the afraid.



@George--Jeremy Irons! Disclaimer: to my knowledg...

2009-11-24T16:17:10.100-06:00

@George--Jeremy Irons!

Disclaimer: to my knowledge, there is no remake planned. I would be all about a re-release, though.



Shudders. If Matt Damon's in the remake...who ...

2009-11-24T14:06:55.068-06:00

Shudders. If Matt Damon's in the remake...who plays Karloff...uh, Orlok?



@Steve Miller--thanks for the comment! I've se...

2009-11-24T08:14:59.201-06:00

@Steve Miller--thanks for the comment! I've seen SNAKE PEOPLE, and I think it does have a few things going for it if you're a lover of the MAD, but it's definitely nowhere near Karloff's best. TARGETS, on the other hand, is. Also, are you the teacher of this class? If so, I find the fact that you're surfing MMMMMovies during exams strangely cool and awesome! :)

@Jenn--It's hard to get better than Meta-Boris, this much is true. According to some of the other Blogathon entries, apparently he did a commercial for A-1 Steak Sauce in the 60s. Definitely have to find some video of that--the mind wobbles!

@prof. grewbeard--Crazy, Daddio! ;)

@Geo--Thanks for the kind words! As you know, I also cut my teeth on the Universal horrors, and it was a real pleasure for me to find this example of one of the stars of those flicks acting so well, so late in his career. Lon Sr. was the Grandaddy of them all, Lon Jr. the tragic knight, Lugosi the Dark Prince, but Boris--Boris was the KING.



Thanks, V., for reminding me of this one, and for ...

2009-11-23T20:09:28.148-06:00

Thanks, V., for reminding me of this one, and for a damn fine kickoff entry in the B.K. Blog-a-thon.
Since childhood, Karloff in Frankenstein was my favorite film performance. The movie ignited my love of horror films, and the Universal catalog became my bible. For years I couldn't consider anything that wasn't a B&W gothic from the 30s or 40s as being a "true" horror movie.
Years later, it was Karloff again (with Peter Bogdanovich, of course) who showed me that an even greater horror could be the kind that lived next door, and that he scariest monsters were of the human breed.




2009-11-23T19:08:58.268-06:00

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i'm right there with you on this one, nuff sai...

2009-11-23T19:04:51.990-06:00

i'm right there with you on this one, nuff said! your review BLEW MY MIND!...obviously.



Does it get much better than meta-Boris? I don'...

2009-11-23T16:43:16.734-06:00

Does it get much better than meta-Boris? I don't think so. You know, I always wondered what it was like for actors to play meta-versions of themselves, like Courtney Love playing a strung out junkie lunatic in that Larry Flynt movie. Or the other examples mentioned (Naschy's ROJA SANGRE - god, I feel for the man in that movie! - and Price's THEATRE OF BLOOD).

Lovely and hilarious as usual.



This is one my favorite Karloff films. I like to p...

2009-11-23T16:33:36.320-06:00

This is one my favorite Karloff films. I like to pretend that it's the last one he made, having seen "Isle of the Snake People" and heard tell that it's the BEST of the Mexican films he shot scenes for.

Great article and the cut-lines made me laugh (which is what I get for web-surfing while my class is taking an exam....)



@Jami--They certainly don't need to remake thi...

2009-11-23T16:05:08.092-06:00

@Jami--They certainly don't need to remake this one; I'd rather they get to work on a Karloff biopic starring Jeremy Irons. I've always thought he could NAIL the role, and the resemblance is not a small one.

@The Duke--you may be right; after all, you look NOTHING like Jimmy Carter!



Brilliance, as usual Vicar! I loves me some Karlo...

2009-11-23T15:56:08.181-06:00

Brilliance, as usual Vicar! I loves me some Karloff, as evidenced by the menacing statue I have of him in one of my gardens. (note: it keeps moles and gypsies away)

Is it just me, or does the person opposite Boris in your screencap about "scaring the crap out of kids" look like Jimmy Carter?



Last caption - genius. And of course now I want ...

2009-11-23T15:26:43.115-06:00

Last caption - genius.

And of course now I want to see this movie and God help Hollywood if I like it and they do remake it. I'm ready to start a coup as it is to stop craptastic remakes. Complete with blazing torches and pitchforks.



@T. R Xands: definitely seek this one out. It'...

2009-11-23T15:15:29.287-06:00

@T. R Xands: definitely seek this one out. It's a great piece of filmmaking over and above Karloff's performance, though of course that only makes it that much better. Bogdonavich's commentary is worth listening to also.

@Samuel Wilson: Rojo Sangre is DEFINITELY Naschy's TARGETS! An argument could be made for Vincent Price's THEATER OF BLOOD being in the same subgenre, except of course that Vincent went out with a bang in EDWARD SCISSORHANDS, many years later. I've never seen THE CRIMINAL CODE either, but the clips in TARGETS make it look fantastic.



The title has sort of entered the film-buff lexico...

2009-11-23T14:53:44.370-06:00

The title has sort of entered the film-buff lexicon, hasn't it? When an old war-horse in apparent decline pulls off a brilliant late performance,someone is going to call it his or her Targets. As a blog-appropriate example, Rojo Sangre is Paul Naschy's Targets in some estimates. That's a tribute to what Bogdonovich and Karloff accomplished, and your review reminds me that I have to finally catch up with The Criminal Code someday.



Last foto caption made my life. Yay, a Boris Karl...

2009-11-23T14:30:50.109-06:00

Last foto caption made my life.

Yay, a Boris Karloff blogathon! More reason to go watch Black Sabbath again. I'd heard of Targets but really not gotten too many reviews on it when I was thinking about renting/purchasing, I guess I just wasn't looking hard enough or something. I think now I'll give it a try this weekend if I can find it, you know, to avoid the family on Thanksgiving.