“Lots of remakes aren’t good,” you say? Well, lots of movies aren’t good. So there. But Nightmare Alley is a good movie. And Guillermo del Toro only makes good movies. So that’s two reasons for optimism about Searchlight’s forthcoming remake of Edmund Goulding’s ol’ noir masterpiece. The other reasons – like del Toro’s trademark bonkers set design and a cast that starts with Bradley Cooper, continues with Cate Blanchett, and ends with David Strathairn – speak for themselves in the teaser. We only get a quick peek, but even a quick peek says a lot about how del Toro’s vision cuts differently from Goulding’s vision, which cuts differently from William Lindsay Gresham’s vision in his original novel.
Everyone sees the tale of Stanton Carlisle their own way, and if watching a sweaty, desperate Cooper run around alleys and hospitals looking like a man possessed, then del Toro’s Nightmare Alley is probably gonna be your thing.