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Peter Bogdanovich's first film (1968) is an interesting response to the demands of low-budget genre filmmaking. Given Boris Karloff and the assignment to make a thriller, Bogdanovich concocted an elaborate plot involving an aging horror star's decision to retire in the face of the increasing violence of real life, and his own intersection with that violence in the form of a psychotic killer who stalks a drive-in with a long-range rifle. The themes may be somewhat pat, but the film reveals a cold, Langian strain in Bogdanovich's work that never explicitly resurfaced. With Tim O'Kelly.