Movie-A-Day #249: Targets (1968).
On this day in 1949, Howard Unruh, a decorated World War II veteran, left his home in Camden, N.J., and took a walk down the street with his German Luger pistol, firing on every person he met. By the time the police captured him a few hours later, he had killed 13 people and wounded three others. And with that, Unruh became America’s first single episode mass killer. By the time Peter Bogdanovich made his debut film “Targets” in 1968, spree killings political assassinations had become more common. The film is a great commentary on gun violence in general, with a truth that still resonates in today’s even more violent culture.