WARNING: Graphic images. A grisly new Netflix true crime docuseries has some viewers switching off in disgust, labelling the show “tough viewing.”
This one gave viewers “Night” terrors.
Audiences were undoubtedly anticipating some on-screen blood when Netflix announced it was making a docuseries on serial killer Richard Ramirez, who stalked Los Angeles in the 1980s. However, the content depicted in the Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer was so graphic that even seasoned true-crime fans had to shut it off.
The harrowing four-part show, which dropped earlier today, details the life of Ramirez, who was convicted of 13 murders, five attempted murders, 11 sexual assaults and 14 burglaries in 1989.
Despite its disturbing subject matter, social-media watchdogs were nonetheless shocked at the grisly crime scene photos and bloody re-enactments that included a close-up shot of a knife sticking out of a body, and blood falling in slow motion.
“Watching the new Netflix Night Stalker series. No need for them to include the victim crime scene photos, and slo-mo blood splatter shots, it’s not necessary,” wrote one appalled viewer of the docuseries’ lurid imagery.
Another tweeted, “Not sure if I can get through all of #NightStalker on Netflix. This is tough viewing.”
Even calloused viewers found the gore a bit gratuitous. One commented that even though they “don’t scare easily,” they wouldn’t recommend the police procedural “unless you have a very thick skin for true crime”.