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Saturday, January 15, 2022

Nightmare Alley

A great way to start 2022 is with fresh dieselpunk.

Nightmare Alley has been described as an “American neo-noir psychological thriller film” and is based on the 1946 novel of the same name by William Lindsay Gresham. It’s directed by the great Guillermo del Toro, who co-wrote the screenplay with Kim Morgan. It stars Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, Toni Collette, Willem Dafoe, Richard Jenkins, Rooney Mara, Ron Perlman, Mary Steenburgen, and David Strathairn.

According to the studio website,


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.

Nightmare Alley was released only in the theaters on December 12, 2021.

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