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Nightstalker (2002)

A stylish horror film based on the life of Richard Ramirez, aka the Nightstalker, who terrorized people in Los Angeles during the 1980s.

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The night sets over Los Angeles and the NIGHTSTALKER speeds through downtown, smoking crack and searching for prostitutes, he finds both. After realizing he can't get what he wants from women, he sets off to feed his unholy hunger by heading into the suburbs of East Los Angeles where he murders and rapes a young woman as she sleeps in her house. Five days later, a young and beautiful beat cop, GABRIELLA MARTINEZ and her older, corrupt partner, FRANK LUIS, answer a call to a home and find the bodies of the young woman and her husband, mutilated and marked by Satanic ritual. Over the next few weeks, the Nightstalker continues his reign of terror and after more gruesome murders, Gabriella Martinez is offered a job on the task force investigating the murders that have kept the city of East Los Angeles in a state of total fear. Although skeptical of the reasons for her promotion, she nevertheless decides to try and make a difference and catch this killer who represents everything that she ... Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for strong violence, language, drug use and sexuality | See all certifications »

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It took about two hours to get Joseph McKelheer into the demon makeup. See more »

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Nightstalker: But I'm not gonna be gone, EVER
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Gimmicky Trash
1 April 2006 | by See all my reviews

This movie uses the Jacob's Ladder neck-spasm-melting-face shot at least 50 times. The whole affair struck me as a bunch of badly thought out and cheaply executed gimmick effects shots strung together by an inaccurate and largely aimless plot. There is nothing worthwhile holding the movie together, nor is there anything decisive about it or it's construction. It has all the depth of a commercial for soap powder and the thoughtfulness and presence of mind of a butternut squash. I'd imagine it could be compressed into four or five frames without losing any information.

About as demanding of the viewer as an hour and a half of television static, though slightly less thought provoking. I can usually find something to like in any movie, but this one is total pap. Avoid at all costs, unless you're a fourteen year old pothead who likes to chew sand and electrocute himself, in which case you might enjoy it.


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