Nightmare Alley

Nightmare Alley

An ambitious carnival man with a talent for manipulating people with a few well-chosen words hooks up with a female psychologist who is even more dangerous than he is.

  • Released: 2021-12-02
  • Runtime: 150 minutes
  • Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
  • Stars: Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, Toni Collette, Willem Dafoe, Richard Jenkins, Rooney Mara, Ron Perlman, David Strathairn, Holt McCallany, Mark Povinelli, Jim Beaver, Romina Power, Paul Anderson, Tim Blake Nelson, Mary Steenburgen, Clifton Collins Jr., Lara Jean Chorostecki, Drew Nelson, David Hewlett, Troy James, Samantha Rodes, Peter MacNeill, Sarah Mennell, Mike Hill, Caleb Ellsworth-Clark, Dian Bachar, Matthew MacCallum, Linden Porco, Jesse Buck, Stephen McHattie, Bill MacDonald, Natalie Brown, Perry Mucci, Dan Lett, Catherine McGregor, Martin Julien, Tim Post, Will Conlon, Daniel Falk, James Collins, Lili Connor, Danny Waugh, Walter Rinaldi, Andrew Locke, Calvin Desautels, Derrick Moore, Grant Bradley, Dani Klupsch, Vikki Ring, Vanessa Botbyl, Michael Bridgeman, Charles Langille, Paul Taylor, Clyde Whitham, Romina Power
  • Director: Guillermo del Toro
  • HafizhMaulana21 - 27 December 2022
    The wheel of life is always turning
    Stan Carlisle has a knack for manipulating people after he worked for a long time at a traveling carnival. Being a big star in the city makes him forget himself and become ambitious after he meets a psychiatrist woman who wants to take advantage of the power.

    Nightmare Alley gives a big psychic touch. This film presents a crime story with a psychological game in it. Of course, this film has its own nuances and experiences in watching it. Nightmare Alley gives a deep touch to describe human nature. The film tells the story of a carnival man who learns and becomes his talent for manipulating people. However, in the prime of his career he became ambitious and complacent by manipulating the rich to take their money. The premise of the story is carried with a slow tempo. This film wants to invite us to show small details in the character development of the main character. The conflict that is built has a twist-twisting plot, unexpected intrigue and suspenseful scenes. The slow tempo also builds conflict slowly and gradually. The emotional presentation given in this film is also well displayed. This film is a film full of the meaning of life.

    Nightmare Alley is one of the good films with the crime and psychological thriller genre. A perfect and balanced blend with the perfect story premise. Dialogue is dense with meaning and builds atmosphere. The film also has great visuals. Visuals that look dark and noir become perfections in this film to give the impression of the bad side of human nature.
  • partridge_tanya - 17 November 2022
    Beautiful, dark and slightly twisted
    Visually beautiful in everyway, but dark and slightly twisted - exactly what we have come to expect from Guillermo Del Toro.

    The good : absolutely perfect casting (Cate Blanchette is especially captivating), gorgeous set design that transports you to the neo-noir feeling in an instant and the story itself packs a punch with a truly haunting end that will be difficult to forget!

    The bad : the pacing was slightly off and it meant there were long sections of the movie that seemed to drag on.

    Unfortunately I think the pacing issue hindered me from feeling completely immersed in Del Toro's world but the positives still left me feeling like this polished film could one day make its way to being a classic.