"Nightmare Alley" is a 2021 American neo-noir psychological thriller film directed by Guillermo del Toro.
The starring cast includes Bradley Cooper as Stanton Carlisle, Cate Blanchett as Dr. Lilith Ritter, Toni Collette as Zeena the Seer, Willem Dafoe as Clem Hoatley, Richard Jenkins as Ezra Grindle, Rooney Mara as Molly Cahill, Ron Perlman as Bruno, Mary Steenburgen as Mrs. Kimball, David Strathairn as Peter "Pete" Krumbein, Holt McCallany as Anderson and others.

Here are "Nightmare Alley" movie trailer, plot summary, full cast and characters, release date, streaming services and everything we know so far.


Is there a trailer for Nightmare Alley movie?

SearchlightPictures on Thursday, November 18, 2021 released the trailer for "Nightmare Alley" you can watch here:
NIGHTMARE ALLEY | Official Trailer | Searchlight Pictures.

Plot summary

What is Nightmare Alley movie plot?

Here is a short review of "Nightmare Alley" movie plot summary.

Stanton "Stan" Carlisle (Bradley Cooper) burns down his midwestern home and takes a job as a carny with a traveling carnival. When the carnival geek becomes sick, carnival owner Clem (Willem Dafoe) enlists Stan to help him dispose of him. Stan is disturbed at how any man could sink to the level of performing as a geek, living in a cage in squalor and biting off the heads of live chickens to appease the crowd. Clem explains that he seeks out alcoholic or drug-addicted men with troubled pasts, and lures them in with promises of a "temporary" job and opium-laced alcohol. He then uses their dependence to physically and mentally abuse them until they sink into madness and depravity, thus creating a new geek. He shows Stan where he stores the moonshine he brews to control some of the carnies, but warns him not to mistake it for the wood alcohol he stores nearby.
Stan works with clairvoyant act "Madame Zeena" and her alcoholic husband, Pete (David Strathairn). Zeena and Pete use cold reading and an ingenious coded language system to make it appear that she has extraordinary mental powers, which Pete begins teaching to Stan. He and Zeena warn Stan not to ever use these skills to continue leading patrons on when it comes to the dead, what they call a "spook show"; they always inform customers afterward that the show is a deception, otherwise people get hurt. Meanwhile, Stan becomes attracted to fellow performer Molly, and approaches her with an idea for a two-person act away from the carnival.
One night, Stan accidentally gives Pete the wrong bottle and the old man dies from consuming wood alcohol. In the aftermath, Stan swears his love to Molly and reiterates his plan to her. She accepts and they leave the carnival behind. Two years later, Stan has successfully reinvented himself as "The Great Stanton", a psychic act for the wealthy urban elite of Chicago, along with Molly as his assistant, using Zeena and Pete's techniques. During a performance, their act is interrupted by psychologist Dr. Lilith Ritter (Cate Blanchett), who attempts to expose their code system. Stan's cold reading allows him to best Ritter, keeping their act safe. He is later approached by the wealthy Judge Harrington, who employed Ritter to test Stan. He is now convinced of Stan's abilities and offers to pay him handsomely to allow him and his wife to communicate with their dead son. Despite Molly's objections to the "spook show," Stan agrees.


Who plays who in the Nightmare Alley movie cast?

Here is the full cast and characters of "Nightmare Alley" movie. Actors and actresses are sorted mostly in credits order.

Bradley Cooper  as Stanton Carlisle
Cate Blanchett  as Dr. Lilith Ritter
Toni Collette  as Zeena the Seer
Willem Dafoe  as Clem Hoatley
Richard Jenkins  as Ezra Grindle
Rooney Mara  as Molly Cahill
Ron Perlman  as Bruno
Mary Steenburgen  as Mrs. Kimball
David Strathairn  as Peter "Pete" Krumbein
Holt McCallany  as Anderson
Clifton Collins Jr.  as Funhouse Jack
Tim Blake Nelson  as Carny Boss
Jim Beaver  as Sheriff Jedediah Judd
Mark Povinelli  as The Major
Paul Anderson  as Geek #1
David Hewlett  as Dr. Elrood
Lara Jean Chorostecki  as Louise Hoatley
Peter MacNeill  as Judge Kimball
Sarah Mennell  as Abigail
Caleb Ellsworth-Clark  as Drunk #1
Mike Hill  as Dogboy Jojo
Dian Bachar  as Fee Fee the Birdgirl
Troy James  as The Snake Man
Matthew MacCallum  as Human Skeleton
Samantha Rodes  as Zizi the Pinhead
Jesse Buck  as Geek #2
Perry Mucci  as Hotel Manager
Bill MacDonald  as Stanton's Dad
Dan Lett  as Deputy #1
Catherine McGregor  as Copa Woman
Martin Julien  as Bus Station Shaving Man
Natalie Brown  as Lilith's Receptionist
Daniel Falk  as Patron #1
Tim Post  as Armed Guard#1
Will Conlon  as Armed Guard #2
Stephen McHattie  as Hobo #1
James Collins  as Train Yard Man
Lili Connor  as Woman in Floral Dress
Danny Waugh  as Piano Player
Walter Rinaldi  as Drunk
Andrew Locke  as Train Worker
Calvin Desautels  as Policeman
Derrick Moore  as Stagehand
Linden Porco  as Brofo the Small
Grant Bradley  as Deputy #2
Danielle Klupsch  as Geek Pit Patron
Vikki Ring  as Geek Pit Patron
Vanessa Botbyl  as Geek Pit Patron
Michael Bridgeman  as Geek Pit Patron
Charles Langille  as Geek Pit Patron
Paul Taylor  as Geek Pit Patron
Clyde Whitham  as Geek Pit Patron

Release date

When is Nightmare Alley movie release date?

"Nightmare Alley" movie release date was scheduled to be on December 1, 2021 (United States) and on February 3, 2022 (Hungary) distributing by Fox Searchlight Pictures, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Argentina, Forum Hungary and Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Germany.


What are Nightmare Alley filming details?

The duration of the film is 150 minutes.

"Nightmare Alley" movie is rated "R", according to the MPAA film rating system.

Principal photography began in January 2020 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


What are critics and audiences saying about Nightmare Alley movie?

"Nightmare Alley" movie got high rating from critics. IMDB rating is 7.8/10.

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