ByChris McKinney, writer at

A film based Richard Ramirez, a serial killer who went on a murder spree in California during the mid-80's was nicknamed "The Night Stalker". Ramirez was convicted of 13 counts of murder, 5 counts of attempted murder, 11 counts of sexual assault, and 14 counts of burglary. His terrorizing started in Southern California near Los Angeles and ended up near San Francisco.

To give an appropriate idea of how disgusting a human being Ramirez was; one of his murdered victims was in 1984 when a 9-year-old Mei Leung was found murdered in a hotel basement where Ramirez was living at the time. The girl had been raped, beaten, and stabbed to death with her body found hanging from a rope.

Killer Richard Ramirez in custody
Killer Richard Ramirez in custody

He was captured, completely unaware he'd been receiving national attention, walking past police officers who happened to be staking out the bus terminal should he attempt to flee by bus, instead, Ramirez slipped past while returning to the station from a failed visit to see his brother. Ramirez was followed to a nearby convenience store where he was identified and referred to as "El Matador" ("The Killer"), and became alerted to his face on covers of newspapers, then panicked and fled the store. He then attempted to carjack a woman but was chased by bystanders who continued to pursue him, and after scaling multiple fences and attempting two more carjackings the group caught up with him and was even clubbed in the head by a woman with a metal pipe. The group held him until police took him into custody.

Lou Diamond Phillips will be taking on the lead role of Richard Ramirez in "The Night Stalker" a film that may get a 2016 release. Lou Diamond Phillips is going to have to dig pretty deep and get pretty dark in order to successfully portray Ramirez as a devout Satanist.

Lou Diamond Phillips cast to play Richard Ramirez
Lou Diamond Phillips cast to play Richard Ramirez

The film will be directed by Megan Griffiths and will mix the true stories of Ramirez's terror with a more fictional story about a prison interview between the serial killer and a lawyer. The story is similar compared to that of the Ice Man, Richard Kuklinski, a real-life convicted murdering psychopath who happened to be a hitman for the mob, and had a large family who had no clue to his secret life. Kuklinski has 2 filmed interviews in which discuss his murders and both interviews are extremely dark, exploring the bizarre mind of the murderer. Director Megan Griffiths expressed a personal experience to the terror of Ramirez:

"I grew up in Southern California and spent the summer of 1985 in the shadow of Ramirez, and it has been a fascinating process to delve into the history in writing this script."

The film will surely be dark, far from a perfect film for children. I do enjoy seeing actors successfully portray intense roles in psychological thrillers but it's very necessary to get the story right and see it directed well. I'll be waiting on an "Ice Man" remake, as I feel the film left out a lot of events and traits expressed by family and in his interviews. Till then, I'll be waiting for Lou Diamond Phillips' performance in "The Night Stalker".

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