Nifty Halloween YouTube Thing: The Appointment in Samarra

Peter Bogdanovich’s Targets remains the movie that frightens me the most. Using the fading career of an aging star (Boris Karloff, essentially playing himself) to underscore the too-real terror of an inexplicable killing spree in suburban Los Angeles, the film is a study in horror itself, questioning if America has seen too much real violence to render cinematic chills irrelevant. Karloff does more than simply represent the old guard; he provides much needed levity against all that bleakness, like in this scene, where he ends an interview with a ghost story told as only Boris Karloff can tell it.

%d bloggers like this: