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Byron Orlok is an old horror-movie star who feels that he is an anachronism. Compared to real-life violence, his films are tame. Meanwhile, Bobby Thompson goes on a killing spree... Written by
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The sequence with Bobby Thompson shooting people in cars driving on a freeway from the top of an oil storage tank was loosely inspired by the Highway 101 sniper attack where on April 25, 1965, a 16-year-old alienated youth, named Michael Andrew Clark, shot at motorists from a hilltop along Highway 101 just south of Orcutt, California, killing three and injuring 10 others before committing suicide. Prior to the shooting spree, Clark left behind a note vowing to make his parents "die a thousand times in court" for his actions, and he was right; a lawsuit was brought against Clark's parents by two of the victim's families for mistreating and not raising their son well, and negligence for allowing Clark access to the hunting rifle used for the shooting spree. See more »
(at around 1h 00 mins) When Bobby is picking up his guns when running from the tower (after shooting the workman) he fumbles and hit with one of his feet his Smith & Wesson Model 29 caliber .44 Magnum revolver (this is clearly readable by stop-frame and zooming the scene) making it fall from the edge. The revolver is the at rest, that is, with his hammer down. In the next shot the weapon appears, when it falls and splashes into a pool of muddy water at the base of the tower, it can be seen it is now cocked (the hammer fully rear, ready to shoot) a mechanical change that is impossible to happen by any chance due to the fall. See more »
and for the right reasons as it contrasts a Monster from the pages of real life, a quite seemingly normal fellow who unexpectedly goes off the deep end and winds up on a killing spree, with an old Horror film icon named Byron Orlock, clearly based on the man who plays him Boris Karloff himself. Karloff gives one of the finest performances of his career here and thereby raises this film's overall quality. Along with a brisk pace and some scenes that disturb and haunt the viewer long after viewing, TARGETS is a masterpiece of terror.
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