Nightmare Alley: first images reveal Guillermo del Toro’s black thriller
Guillermo del Toro’s sequel to his Best Picture-winning romance The Shape of Water has revealed its first look. Vanity Show offered a preview of the film with a series of images and a conversation with the director. The footage showcases the production’s impressive cast of talent and offers a match to the illustrious production design typical of a del Toro movie.
Nightmare Alley stars Bradley Cooper as Stanton Carlisle, a carnival worker turned nightclub performer who uses a series of tricks to market himself as a mind reader. The cast also includes Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Willem Dafoe, Toni Colette, David Strathairn and longtime del Toro collaborator Ron Perlman.
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While the title Nightmare Alley may appear to involve a supernatural event, del Toro has said that the dark is grounded in reality. The director acknowledged that the film’s title can create a false impression on potential audiences.
“It happened to me in the past with Crimson Peak, where people were waiting for a horror movie,” del Toro said. “It doesn’t have any supernatural element. It’s completely based on a world of reality. There’s nothing fantastic. It’s a very different movie than I usually do, but yes, the title and my name would create that. [impression]. “
Nightmare Alley is an adaptation of a 1946 novel by William Lindsay, which had previously been adapted for a 1947 film starring Tyrone Power. Del Toro pointed out that the upcoming film is not a remake and draws heavily on the novel.
“From the start, our interest was to go towards the novel, but it’s almost impossible to adapt because it has a very kaleidoscopic, very particular voice,” said del Toro. “It would take a six hour miniseries and shifting viewpoints, and this and that… I wanted to make the universe of the novel, which is a little gritty, but also strangely magical. It has a very weird side to it. , mystical allure – and mythical. I was very drawn to this possibility. “
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Nightmare Alley hits theaters on December 17th, a prime window for future players in awards season.
In our review of The Shape of Water, IGN gave the film an 8.9, calling it “a visually and emotionally captivating fable … which synthesizes so many particular tastes and diverse artistic influences of this unique filmmaker”.
J. Kim Murphy is a freelance entertainment writer.