Nightstalker (2002) Movie Review

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Nightstalker (2002)

2002 | R | Horror, Thriller, Crime
95 minutes / 1h 35min

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Nightstalker Plot Synopsis:

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 stands against. LIEUTENANT MAYBERRY and DETECTIVE ELLIOTT, her superiors on the task force, offer her a lukewarm welcome. Distracted by her own life choices, the inappropriate advances of co-workers, and the homelife she has been forced to play the role of patriarch in, she makes an error of judgment by leaking classified information to a young, aggressive reporter, ADRIANNE DELOIA. Suspended from the force, Martinez is visited by her old partner, Luis, who tells her that through some "dirty" policework he found out where the suspect was hiding. Still interested in doing the right thing, Martinez convinces Luis to take her downtown where she learns that the Nightstalker has picked her and the reporter as his next victims. Martinez and the Nightstalker become engaged in a game of cat-and-mouse that ends up with Martinez being force to decide between killing this murderer or letting him be arrested... Deciding to take a new path in her life, she lets him go. The same world which created this monster will now take his life, but she will not poison herself by killing another human being and becoming like him.

Nightstalker (2002) Review

Nightstalker (2002) is a rated R 1h 35 min independent American crime thriller film that was based on true story and was shot in Los Angeles, California, USA. Director, producer, and writer Chris Fisher (Person of Interest (2012-2016), S. Darko (2009), Meeting Evil (2012)) did not do a great job with executing this film which portrays serial killer Richard Ramirez‘s life. The film contains violence, serial killer, blood, nightstalker, rape/attempted rape, stabbing, eye gouging, devil worship, death metal and disturbing images with not too graphic murders.

Nightstalker is based on American serial killer Richard Ramirez who was born on February 29, 1960, in El Paso, Texas. Richard was sentenced to the death penalty after he was convicted of 13 counts of murders, five attempted murders, 11 sexual assaults, and 14 burglaries.

Nightstalker revolves around police officer Gabriella Martinez (Roselyn Sanchez - Rush Hour 2 (2001), Without a Trace (2005-2009), The Game Plan (2007)) and Richard Ramirez. Richard was living a life of crack/drugs and prostitutes, but he could not get what he wanted from the prostitutes, so he headed to East Los Angeles. Richard raped and killed a young female in her home resulting in officer Gabriella and Frank trying to catch the killer after finding the woman and her husbands body mutilated and marked with Satanic marks five days later. Gabriella was suspicious upon receiving the case to find the killer but took it anyway because she is bent on making a difference.

Richard’s story was intense, and that may be due to the fantastic soundtrack that gave an extra sense of dread during the kill scenes. The film portrayed a lot of things including the demons in Richard Ramirez’s head, the reputation that the LAPD had at that time, and the film included Spanish which was used a lot in East Los Angeles. The crimes and several facts in the movie are based on actual cases and real facts about Richard Ramirez including his foot fetish. All of the actors gave us decent performances and Danny Trejo who played a police officer.

  • Nightstalker Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 4
  • Overall Score: 3.61
  • IMDB: 3.4

About Nightstalker 2002

Title: Nightstalker
Year: 2002
Runtime: 95 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Crime
Score: 2 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 1.81/5 stars from 1,050 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 1,050
MPAA Rating: R
Nightstalker Cast Starring: Danny Trejo, James DeBello, Evan Parke, Stephen R. Hudis, Mikal Kartvedt, A.J. Buckley, Hayley Taylor, Aimee Graham, Patricia Rae, Ana Mercedes, Roselyn Sanchez, Brandi Emma, Douglas Spain, Marie Caldare, Chay Santini, Eduardo Garcia, Maria F. Quinones, Lillian Hurst, Michael Hegedus, Derek Hamilton, Bret Roberts, Joseph McKelheer, Roxanne Day, Julian Garcia, Christine Long
Nightstalker Writers: NA
Nightstalker Director: Chris Fisher
Production: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Language: English
Country: USA