NIGHTMARE ALLEY (2021) Preview of Guillermo del Toro’s psychological thriller


Nightmare Alley is a 2021 American psychological thriller film about a young carny with a talent for manipulating people using keywords. He hooks up with a female psychiatrist who is even more dangerous than he is.

Directed by Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water; Crimson Peak; Pan’s Labyrinth; Cronos) from a screenplay co-written with Kim Morgan (The Forbidden Room). It is based on the 1946 novel of the same name by William Lindsay Gresham which was previously adapted for the screen in 1947 as a well-regarded film noir starring Tyrone Power.

The movie stars Rooney Mara, Cate Blanchett, Paul Anderson, Bradley Cooper, Mary Steenburgen, Toni Collette, Willem Dafoe and Ron Perlman.


Nightmare Alley is scheduled to be released on December 3, 2021, by Searchlight Pictures.

Main cast and characters:

Rooney Mara … Molly
Cate Blanchett … Lilith Ritter
Paul Anderson
Bradley Cooper … Stanton ‘Stan’ Carlisle
Mary Steenburgen … Miss Harrington
Toni Collette … Zeena Krumbein
Willem Dafoe … Clem Hoately
Ron Perlman … Bruno
David Strathairn … Pete Krumbein
Holt McCallany … Anderson
Clifton Collins Jr.
Tim Blake Nelson … Carny Boss
Jim Beaver … Sheriff Jedediah Judd
Richard Jenkins … Ezra Grindle
Lara Jean Chorostecki … Louise
David Hewlett … Doctor Elrood
Dian Bachar … Fee Fee the Birdgirl
Mark Povinelli … The Major


Principal photography began in January 2020. In March of the same year, Disney halted production on the film due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Production resumed in September 2020. By November 2020, filming had already finished and reshoots occurred. Production officially wrapped on December 12, 2020.