Nightstalker (2002)

R  |   |  Crime, Horror  |  10 November 2002 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 3.4/10 from 963 users  
Reviews: 42 user | 8 critic

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



0Check in

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

2 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

A California couple and a survivalist encounter the cannibal family.

Director: Jeff Burr
Stars: Kate Hodge, Ken Foree, R.A. Mihailoff
Action | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Mike and Reggie continue to hunt the mysterious Tall Man.

Director: Don Coscarelli
Stars: Reggie Bannister, A. Michael Baldwin, Bill Thornbury
Adventure | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4/10 X  

A group of tourists arrive in Burkittsville, Maryland after seeing "The Blair Witch Project" to explore the mythology and phenomenon, only to come face to face with their own neuroses and possibly the witch herself.

Director: Joe Berlinger
Stars: Jeffrey Donovan, Stephen Barker Turner, Erica Leerhsen
Nightstalker (Video 2009)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2/10 X  

Inspired by the true story of the most publicized and deranged serial killer known to everyone as "The Night Stalker."

Director: Ulli Lommel
Stars: Adolph Cortez, Elissa Dowling, Victoria Ullmann
Kalifornia (1993)
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A journalist duo go on a tour of serial killer murder sites with two companions, unaware that one of them is a serial killer himself.

Director: Dominic Sena
Stars: Brad Pitt, Juliette Lewis, Kathy Larson
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

On one last road trip before they're sent to serve in Vietnam, two brothers and their girlfriends get into an accident that calls their local sheriff to the scene. Thus begins a terrifying experience where the teens are taken to a secluded house of horrors, where a young, would-be killer is being nurtured.

Director: Jonathan Liebesman
Stars: Jordana Brewster, Matt Bomer, Diora Baird
The Night Stalker (TV Movie 1972)
Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

An abrasive Las Vegas newspaper reporter investigates a series of murders committed by a vampire.

Director: John Llewellyn Moxey
Stars: Darren McGavin, Carol Lynley, Simon Oakland
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

The notorious case of the Hillside Strangler is the basis for this startling thriller directed primarily with an over-used hand-held camera by ( ). Kenneth Bianchi ( ... See full synopsis »

Director: Chris Fisher
Stars: Joleigh Fioravanti, Bret Roberts, Brittany Daniel
Crime | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A tough homicide cop is assigned to track down a serial killer who is murdering prostitutes.

Director: Max Kleven
Stars: Charles Napier, Michelle Reese, Katherine Kelly Lang
Night Stalker (TV Series 2005)
Crime | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Kolchak and his partner, Perri, investigate his wife's mysterious murder and end up uncovering something much more disturbing...

Stars: Stuart Townsend, Gabrielle Union, Eric Jungmann
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Based on the true story of Richard "The Night Stalker" Ramirez who terrorized California in 1985 and the two Los Angeles police detectives who try to track him down.

Director: Bruce Seth Green
Stars: Richard Jordan, A Martinez, Julie Carmen
Crime | Drama

An account of serial killer Richard Ramírez and his rampage in California during the mid-1980s.

Director: Megan Griffiths
Stars: Lou Diamond Phillips, Bellamy Young, Alice Rietveld


Cast overview, first billed only:
Man on Couch
Christine Long ...
Mrs. Riviera
Gabriella Martinez
Frank Luis
Detective Elliot
Lieutenant Mayberry (as Evan Dexter Parke)
Adrianne Deloia
Father Rodriguez
Mercedes Woman
Marie Caldare ...
Sleeping Woman


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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Based On A True Story


Crime | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:





Release Date:

10 November 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Maníaco  »

Filming Locations:

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs



See  »

Did You Know?


After Lieutenant Mayberry talks to the press, and walks back into the police station with Dectective Elliot and Gabriella. He is mad at the snotty reporter so he throws a tantrum. This was ad-libbed by actor Evan Parke. See more »


Nightstalker: But I'm not gonna be gone, EVER
See more »


Version of Nightstalker (2009) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Waste of time
31 July 2003 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

Nightstalker is a waste of time and money. For starters, it's not even about Richard Ramirez. The main character of the film is a female detective on the hunt for the nightstalker. The other killer films Dahmer, Ted Bundy, Gacy, etc., all have their fair share of fictionalized events but Nightstalker is the most inaccurate of them all. The film dosn't even get his capture right. Instead of getting beat down by an angry mob, which is what really happened, he is arrested by the fictional detective after a shootout. Also, maybe I'm blind but the actor who played Ramirez looked to be white, not hispanic. Dahmer and Ted Bundy, despite their own flaws, are far superior to this piece of trash.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
I thought this movie was kick@ss because... bishonen_neko_yasha
Grindcore/Death lpknut
Music bach_lover
worst movie i've ever seen. parisarm
Danny Trejo ZOMBIMAN2007
Looking for Jaime ava702
Discuss Nightstalker (2002) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: