‘Nightmare Alley’ Trailer: Bradley Cooper And Cate Blanchett Are Devious Grifters In Guillermo Del Toro’s Star-Studded Noir

You can count me as someone who is waiting until I see Guillermo Del Toro’s Nightmare Alley before making any Oscars predicitons. You can’t count Del Toro out, and even after the accolades showered on Pan’s Labyrinth and The Shape of Water there seems to be a lot of that going on. But with a cast led by Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, Willem Dafoe, Rooney Mara, and Richard Jenkins, and based on a 1947 noir classic, there’s every reason to think this creepy thriller will be a major player.

Cooper stars as two-bit hustler and con man Stan Carlisle, who finds himself entwined with Blanhett’s Dr. Lilith Ritter, a devious psychiatrist who may be more than he can handle.

The original features one of the best final acts, and final scenes for that matter, that I can remember. Here’s hoping Del Toro doesn’t change too much, and judging by this trailer he won’t.

Also in the cast are Toni Collette, Ron Perlman, David Straithairn, Mary Steenburgen, Clifton Collins Jr., and Tim Blake Nelson.

Nightmare Alley opens on December 17th.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.