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For no reason at all kills his wife, mother, and a delivery boy, and then snipes from atop a gas tank, and then from a drive-in theatre, getting confused and stopping only when confronted by Boris Karloff— both in the ﬂesh and on the screen. The idea of one set of horror values (being embodied by Boris Karloff ) confronting another set of horror values (that is, the horror-of-personality values embodied in the Bobby Thompson character) is particularly strong. Although Bobby Thompson is then apprehended, Targets can be looked at as a kind of wistful elegy for the kind of supernatural classic horror that is no longer as meaningful as it once was.
The horror became not at all symbolic, but quite speciﬁc. Aside from studying the nature of the horror, it is equally important to study the explanation of the horror within the context of the story. In the classic horror story, there are two basic methods of explaining things away — either supernaturally or pseudoscientiﬁcally. Into the supernatural group one could ﬁt all the monsters and horrors that are somehow involved with religions and ritual. This would include all the witchcraft movies (with their obvious Christian basis) and other horrors, such as The Mummy (Egyptology and reincarnation), Dracula (Christianity, again), zombie movies (with their stress on voodoo), and perhaps even The Golem (with its magic book and magic star).
And even Paranoia (an Italian sexploitation ﬁlm originally called Orgasmo, but partially an hommage to Robert Aldrich’s two horror ﬁlms). , made in 1962. Hush, Sweet Charlotte, was directed by Robert Aldrich. The reviews of Baby Jane were on the whole much better than those of Sweet Charlotte, but even in the laudatory reviews, there was a general tendency to dismiss these ﬁlms as only horror ﬁlms — as grand guignol— as if a horror ﬁlm could not be worth serious consideration. Actually, the contribution of Robert Aldrich to the horror-of-personality ﬁlms cannot be overestimated.