We’ve all been anxiously awaiting our first look at Guillermo del Toro’s latest project, so prepare yourself for the first Nightmare Alley trailer! The psychological thriller stars Bradley Cooper as an ambitious carny with a talent for manipulating people with a few well-chosen words, but he’s given a run for his money when he hooks up with a female psychiatrist played by Cate Blanchett who is even more dangerous than he is.
In addition to Bradley Cooper and Cate Blanchett, Nightmare Alley also stars Toni Collette, Willem Dafoe, Richard Jenkins, Rooney Mara, Ron Perlman, and David Strathairn. Guillermo del Toro directed Nightmare Alley and also co-wrote the script alongside Kim Morgan based upon the novel by William Linsday Gresham. Over the past few days, we’ve seen a handful of first-look images as well as a poster for the film, so this trailer is really the cherry on top. I’m already sold just based on that Nightmare Alley trailer; I don’t need to see anymore. The film is looking absolutely beautiful and downright creepy as well. Bring it on!
In a recent interview with Vanity Fair, Guillermo del Toro cautioned that despite the title, this isn’t the type of horror/fantasy film that fans have come to expect from him. “It has happened to me in the past with ‘Crimson Peak,’ where people went in expecting a horror movie,” del Toro said. “I knew it was a gothic romance but it was very difficult to put that across. But yes, this has no supernatural element. It’s based completely in a reality world. There is nothing fantastic. It’s a very different movie from my usual, but yes, the title and my name would create that [impression].” No matter what you have in store for us, I’m ready.
Nightmare Alley will be released on December 17, 2021.