Director: Guillermo del Toro
Cast: Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, Willem Dafoe, Toni Collette, Richard Jenkins, Ron Perlman, Rooney Mara, Holt McCallany, Clifton Collins Jr., Tim Blake Nelson, Mary Steenburgen, David Strathairn
Genre: Thriller, Noir
Release date: Dec. 17

Despite its title and its director’s penchant for all things horror, Nightmare Alley, Guillermo del Toro’s newest film, isn’t an outright scary movie. Instead, the Bradley Cooper-led movie is more of del Toro’s take on classic film noir. Adapted from the 1946 novel of the same name, Nightmare Alley tells the tale of con man Stanton Carlisle (Cooper), a former carnival worker who has developed quite the knack for misleading those around him. 

As Stanton’s schemes unravel, he draws a handful of characters into his twisted web. The Shape of Water director told Vanity Fair the world of Nightmare Alley is “a little gritty, but also strangely magical. It has a very strange, mystical allure— and mythical.” If there’s any director best suited to conveying those elements on screen, it’s undoubtedly del Toro. Plus, we’re curious to see how one of the best genre directors around makes his mark on a classic Hollywood style.