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Nightmare Alley Teaser Trailer: New Guillermo del Toro Movie

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BY September 19, 2021

The teaser trailer for Nightmare Alley, Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming movie, has dropped. While the title may sound like a horror movie, the folks behind it describe the movie as a psychological thriller. But what’s it all about?

What We Know So Far: It’s Based on the Book

Like Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark 2 and it’s predecessor, this del Toro story draws its inspiration from a book. Specifically, it’s based on the 1946 novel of the same name by William Lindsay Gresham. (No, not Lindsey Graham.) And it’s not the first time someone’s used the story for a movie.

nightmare alley teaser trailer image via 20th Century Fox

Tyrone Power, wanting to shed his romantic image, had legendary producer and studio head Daryl F. Zanuck buy the book rights so that Power could star in the adaptation. And he did, playing the lead role of Stanton “Stan” Carlisle in the 1947 movie. Carlisle is a conman carny, much different from the roles Power had played before then. And in this new version, Bradley Cooper will be taking on the Carlisle role. According to the official plot summary:

Stan Carlisle, an ambitious carny with a talent for manipulating people with a few well-chosen words, hooks up with Dr. Lilith Ritter, a psychiatrist who is even more dangerous than he is.

Cate Blanchett will be playing Ritter. Other cast members include Toni Collette, Richard Jenkins, Willem Dafoe, Rooney Mara, and Ron Perlman. There’s also *deep breath* David Strathairn, Holt McCallany, Clifton Collins Jr., Tim Blake Nelson, Mary Steenburgen, and Jim Beaver. Like Love & Death, it has an impressive cast.

Nightmare Alley Teaser Trailer

In the trailer, we see most of these actors. It begins with what looks like Carlisle’s introduction to the carnival life and its players. Clem Hoatley (Dafoe) appears to be the barker for this outfit, as he always seems one second away from hollering “Step right up!” There’s a hint of a romance between Carlisle and Mara’s character, Molly Cahill. Then Carlisle meets Dr. Ritter, and everything goes to fiery hell. But you can see for yourself in the trailer below.

Nightmare Alley will be in theaters on December 17.

Will you be in the theater with it? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below or on our social media.

featured image via Searchlight Pictures


Salomé Gonstad is a freelance writer who grew up in the swampy wilds of south Alabama. When she's not yelling about pop culture on the internet, she's working on a supernatural thriller about her hometown. Also, we're pretty sure she's a werewolf. Email her at [email protected]


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