When it comes to crafting original cinematic visual spectacles Academy Award winner Guillermo del Toro is a filmmaker who delivers every single time. And now he steps away from the horror and fantasy genre and is jumping headfirst into the realm of film noir with the intense new psychological thriller Nightmare Alley.
Here’s the official synopsis:
Watch the brand new trailer for Nightmare Alley here:
When charismatic but down-on-his-luck Stanton Carlisle (Bradley Cooper) endears himself to clairvoyant Zeena (Toni Collette) and her has-been mentalist husband Pete (David Strathairn) at a traveling carnival, he crafts a golden ticket to success, using this newly acquired knowledge to grift the wealthy elite of 1940s New York society. With the virtuous Molly (Rooney Mara) loyally by his side, Stanton plots to con a dangerous tycoon (Richard Jenkins) with the aid of a mysterious psychiatrist (Cate Blanchett) who might be his most formidable opponent yet.
Building off of the noir edge of the first teaser trailer, this second trailer for Nightmare Alley takes audiences further into the dangerous con game of the charismatic, yet dangerous trickster Stanton Carlisle (Bradley Cooper). Cooper brings a charming charisma to the the role of Stanton, while also hiding his characters darker intentions and it becomes clear rapidly that his con game has the stakes raised all the way up.
Facing off against Cooper’s Stanton is Cate Blanchett as the clever and calculating psychologist Dr. Lilith Ritter who sees through Stanton’s game and while at first trying to reveal him as the fraud he is, soon begins to revel and take a role in his dangerous scheme. Blanchett brings an alluring femme fatale style to the role of Ritter and she goes toe-to-toe with Cooper’s Stanton and you can tell that there’s certainly going to be some solid give and take between the two of them here.
Nightmare Alley is a visual splendour to look upon thanks to the gorgeous photography of cinematographer Dan Laustsen and cinema fans who ache for a feeling that is evocative of Hollywood’s golden age will be very pleased with the setting, tone and style that Del Toro brings to the screen here in Nightmare Alley.
Prepare yourself to be on edge from beginning to end with Nightmare Alley and brace yourselves for an utterly memorable cinema event when it arrives in cinemas on January 20, 2022.