Nightmare Alley is a neo-noir psychological thriller directed by Guillermo del Toro from a screenplay by del Toro and Kim Morgan, based on the 1946 novel of the same name by William Lindsay Gresham, being the second feature film adaptation of Gresham’s novel, following the 1947 version. The film is a co-production between Searchlight Pictures, TSG Entertainment, and Double Dare You Productions.  Nightmare Alley is about a handsome, charming, and ambitious carnival worker with a mysterious past who takes big risks to boost his career. I watched Nightmare Alley because it was an Oscar nominee and discovered why it was nominated. I thought it was quite good.

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In 1939, Stanton “Stan” Carlisle (Bradley Cooper) burns down his house after putting a dead body inside and takes a job as a carnival worker. When the carnival’s geek becomes ill, owner Clement “Clem” Hoatley (Willem…

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