This Just In! Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Nightmare Alley’ Trailer

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It’s been four years since Guillermo del Toro won a Best Picture Oscar for The Shape of Water, and this is the first feature film he’s worked on since. Of course it’s not the only film that had to shut down because of the pandemic. Per this Indiewire article, they stopped the shoot when shooting was halfway done in the Spring of 2020.

Though he’s known for his horror films, I’m intrigued by the fact that Nightmare Alley is a noir thriller. The story is based on a novel by William Lindsay Gresham published in 1946. Per Wiki, it’s a study of the lowest depths of showbiz and its sleazy inhabitants—the dark, shadowy world of a second rate carnival filled with hustlers, scheming grifters, and Machiavellian femmes fatales.

Full synopsis:

An ambitious carny with a talent for manipulating people with a few well-chosen words hooks up with a female psychiatrist who is even more dangerous than he is.

Behold it’s first trailer:


Now this is the kind of film I’d watch just for the cast! Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, Toni Collette, Willem Dafoe, Richard Jenkins, Rooney Mara, Ron Perlman, and David Strathairn. Wow!! Apparently Cooper replaced Leo DiCaprio in the lead role, which is fine as I quite like the pairing of him with Blanchett who looks sultry as a femme fatale psychiatrist.

Is he man or beast?

Willem Dafoe’s narration repeatedly asks that question about one of the unexplained mysteries of the universe… the carnival world is inherently bizarre and mystical, filled with freaky ‘wonders of nature.’ But perhaps there’s a twist here? Sometimes it’s the ones considered regular/ordinary who turns out to be the ‘beast.’ I love that this trailer keeps us in suspense and not give anything away.

Now, I haven’t seen the original film, but I watched the trailer 1947’s version last night, starring Tyrone Power. This one reportedly isn’t a remake of that, but a re-adaptation of the novel. I love how from the film has that Old Hollywood look about them, I bet even it would look just as stunning in black and white.

One thing for sure, it’s going to be a visual feast!! The production design alone is freakin’ amazing, which is to be expected for del Toro… everything he’s done always look so hauntingly beautiful. As a big fan of period films, I can’t wait to marvel at the set pieces, costumes, lighting, etc. when it comes out.

Nightmare Alley is scheduled to be released on December 17, 2021… I can hardly wait!! This is definitely the film to go to the cinema for!


What do you think of the trailer? 

5 thoughts on “This Just In! Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Nightmare Alley’ Trailer

  1. OH HELL YEAH!!!! It’s Guillermo. Of course I’m going to see it and thank goodness Nightmare Alley was on Turner Classic Movies a few weeks ago as I have it on my DVR and will watch it next month along with a slew of horror films.

    1. I’m thinking of watching the original film but I might just wait until AFTER seeing this one as to not be spoiled. I did watch the trailer of the 1947 version last night as I was waiting for this one.

  2. This looks interesting, I’m not the biggest fan of Guillermo del Toro. His films are a hit or miss for me. I’ve yet to see Shape of Water. If this one gets a lot of good reviews then I’ll see it in theater, otherwise I’ll wait till it hits streaming. I’m sure this is one of the Oscar hyped up films this year, hope it delivers.

    I’ve always wonder what The Hobbit would have been like had Guillermo del Toro stayed on as a director.

    1. I wasn’t a big fan of his initially as his films are quite dark and bloody but I ended up loving his later films, like Pan’s Labyrinth, Crimson Peak and Shape of Water. Oh and Pacific Rim of course, which I know you don’t like, the first one is now one of my fave movies of all time. Haven’t seen the sequel though, but he didn’t direct it.

      Yeah, The Hobbit would’ve been darker if he had directed it I think.

      1. Lol! I feel the opposite, I prefer his earlier films. Blade 2 is very underrated and The Devil’s Backbone is probably his best film. I gave Pacific Rim another watch and didn’t mind it too much, still not a big fan of it. I did see Pacific Rim 2 and enjoyed that one too.

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