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The Night Stalker (2016)

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



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Credited cast:
... Richard Ramirez
... Kit
... Jed
... Mary
... Harrison Johnson
... Young Elena
... 20-Year-Old Ruth
... Inez
... Jimmy
... Mike Ramirez
... Eric
... Ruben
... Youko
... Joe
... Bar Regular


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

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Lou Diamond Phillips performance was wasted in this fictional lawyers account
24 February 2018 | by See all my reviews

Lou Diamond Phillips stellar performance as the serial killer Richard Ramirez was simply wasted playing opposite actress Bellamy Young who plays a fictional lawyer named Kit (Katherine) whose own life was supposedly haunted by the real Richard Ramirez's 1980's killing spree as the infamous Night Stalker as she lived in the California area.

Yes, the majority of incidents described as happening in Richard Ramirez's teens and the film's killings outlined in this fictional biopic actually occurred and are attributed to Richard Ramirez's murderous spree. However, this film focuses on Ramirez's time in captivity and his interactions with the female lawyer Kit, who meets with Ramirez over four (4) consecutive days in an attempt to record a confession for a double murder that another man will be executed for committing if Ramirez will not admit to being the actual perpetrator.

The fictional drama occurs as Kit is reliving her own teen years while the Night Stalker is all over the news during his late evening robbery, rape and vicious murder spree. Kit has her own demons to live with and the interview scenes between Kit and the shackled Richard Ramirez (Lou Diamond Phillips) are worth watching the film if for nothing else.

I hope the now 56 year old Lou Diamond Phillips is provided an opportunity to star in a few dramatic major motion pictures based on this outstanding role as the Night Stalker, because he has certainly paid his dues carrying more than one film on his own broad shoulders and raising the bar on his fellow actors/actresses to follow his lead. "Lead" being the key word.

I rate The Night Stalker a high 7 out of 10 on Lou Diamond Phillip's outstanding performance.

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