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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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


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Based On A True Story


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

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10 November 2002 (USA)  »

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I couldn't watch it
11 August 2003 | by (Texas USA) – See all my reviews

This film is absolutely a true pain to watch. Literally!

The other comments have covered all the problems with this movie already, so I will just agree with them. But, it is the painful camera work and editing that truly made me look away from the tv. I understand they were setting the mood for the killer's issues and demons, but they should have let it go after the beginning. It hurt my eyes and I found myself getting more and more disinterested in the actual film premise, which is way off, because of the annoying camera.

And Danny Trejo? God, he was horrible in this. I realize he is not normally academy award material, but c'mon, this was so labored and corny.

Al in all, I would avoid this at all costs. 1 out of 10 rating.

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