|Directed by||Guillermo del Toro|
|Screenplay by||Guillermo del ToroKim Morgan|
|Based on||Nightmare Alley|
by William Lindsay Gresham
|Produced by||J. Miles DaleGuillermo del ToroBradley Cooper|
|Starring||Bradley Cooper |
“Nightmare Alley” has been adapted for the big screen twice, having first premiered in 1947. “Nightmare Alley” focuses on a young man named Stanton Carlisle (Bradley Cooper), who ends up working alongside like-minded washouts at a carnival following a personal tragedy. There, Stanton becomes enamored with an alcoholic mentalist and his “psychic” wife and falls for a fellow lost soul in Molly, a woman who appears to withstand electricity at a high voltage. Later, the film shifts ahead a couple of years to find Stanton and Molly thriving as mentalist con artists in Buffalo. They come across a mysterious psychologist (Cate Blanchette) and a wealthy mark with a secret (Richard Jenkins).