Terrifyingly Convincing Portrayals of Real-Life Serial Killers on Film

The Night Stalker airs on Lifetime Sunday, June 12 at 9/8c, starring Lou Diamond Phillips in the role of real-life serial killer Richard Ramirez, who terrorized the Los Angeles and San Francisco area during the 1980s. Ramirez killed 14 people until his capture in 1985. The murderer became a memorable symbol of the Satanic Panic era, after it was discovered he drew a pentagram on some of his victims — and later on his own hand during his first court appearance. Ramirez was in his mid-20s when he was apprehended, while Lou Diamond Phillips is 53 years old today. Whether the actor can pull off the performance remains to be seen. Until then, we give you some of most convincing and terrifying portrayals of real-life serial killers ever put to film.