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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.


Chris Fisher


Chris Fisher

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bret Roberts ... Night Stalker
Joseph McKelheer ... Demon
Roxanne Day ... Cherry
Julian Garcia ... Man on Couch
Christine Long Christine Long ... Maria
Ana Mercedes ... Mrs. Riviera
Roselyn Sanchez ... Gabriella Martinez
Danny Trejo ... Frank Luis
Derek Hamilton ... Detective Elliot
Evan Parke ... Lieutenant Mayberry (as Evan Dexter Parke)
Brandi Emma ... Adrianne Deloia
A.J. Buckley ... Somo
Douglas Spain ... Father Rodriguez
Aimee Graham ... 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

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Based On A True Story


Crime | Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

10 November 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Maníaco See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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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
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Spoofs Jaws (1975) See more »

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"The devil killed someone again last night."
12 April 2004 | by Backlash007See all my reviews

Nightstalker is one of those movies that could have been so much more. Fangoria called it "a first-rate house of horrors" and it was an official Sundance selection. I guess I missed something. The first ten minutes of the film is nothing but rapid, frenzied "crack montages" shot over speed metal. It's cool, but it's too much. Every time we spend screen time with the killer, it's in this fashion. You see these so much that you become dulled to them and it just becomes headache inducing. The style is almost too chaotic. At the same time, it's the only thing I will remember about the movie. One scene in particular that I did like was when the Nightstalker is walking up to a house and it's accompanied by a very cool effect. I'm not real sure how they accomplished this. Incidentally, the flick was produced by its co-star Danny Trejo. In the end, it's nothing special and will disappear into the void of the based-on-a-real-killer sub-genre.

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