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The Night Stalker (2016)

TV-14 | | Crime, Drama | 12 June 2016 (USA)
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An account of serial killer Richard Ramírez and his rampage in California during the mid-1980s.

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Megan Griffiths

Writers:

Philip Carlo (based on the book by), Megan Griffiths (screenplay by)
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Credited cast:
Lou Diamond Phillips ... Richard Ramirez
Bellamy Young ... Kit
Louis Herthum ... Jed
Annalisa Cochrane ... Mary
Hawthorne James ... Harrison Johnson
Jennifer Lafleur ... Young Elena
Janine Larina ... 20-Year-Old Ruth
Alice Rietveld ... Inez
Linas Phillips ... Jimmy
Eddie Martinez ... Mike Ramirez
Austin Fryberger ... Eric
Eddie Ramos ... Ruben
Evan Kishiyama ... Youko
Mark Kelly ... Joe
Louis Fasanaro ... Bar Regular
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An account of serial killer Richard Ramírez and his rampage in California during the mid-1980s.

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Crime | Drama

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USA

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English

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12 June 2016 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Kit stays in room number 206 at her hotel. Writer-director Megan Griffiths is based in Seattle, and 206 is the telephone area code for Seattle. The room number is an in-joke meant for the Seattle film community. See more »

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Richard Ramirez: Even psychopaths have emotions if you dig deep enough. Then again, maybe they don't.
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Version of Manhunt: Search for the Night Stalker (1989) See more »

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Yeah nah not so great
19 March 2018 | by will-05196See all my reviews

The guy(s) who play Ramirez, both young and old, are pretty damn good. They don't quite glorify the man. The actor portrays a melodramatic vainglorious narcissist who is full of his own self-importance, intelligent but not the genius he imagines himself to be. That pretty much seems like the real Ramirez you see in interviews. The back-story is pretty accurate in terms of what happened in Ramirez's life. This isn't enough though to save it.

It was the chapter parts with the female lawyer that were kind of irritating. Found myself asking repeatedly "what does this have to do with Ramirez? She is in the park playing on the swing with her boyfriend - why!?!? And, um, she slept all night with her hand restrained in a leather cuff? Really. I get they are trying to give her character complexity and depth, ie "she has a dark side too!" but who cares, the movie is not called "Sexually Confused Female Lawyer", it is called "The Night Stalker".

The interview parts were like an attempt at a poor man's "Clarice vs Hannibal Lecter", not sure the point - the scenes were not as compelling or intelligent or insightful as the script writers or directors intended them to be. Boring stuff. Kept thinking "get on with it already".

I'm getting more convinced with time that there'll never be a better serial killer than (the original) Henry: portrait of a serial killer. They did that on a shoestring budget too.

The "Born to Kill" documentary on Ramirez is far more chilling (and insightful) than this film, but I hope it can serve as a break for Lou Diamond Phillips, he is a talent.


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