Nightmare Alley

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"Man or beast."
  • R
  • 2021
  • 7.0  (127,007)
  • 70

The thriller film Nightmare Alley follows a carnival worker who has some secrets in his past. It is based on the 1946 novel of the same name by William Lindsay Gresham In 1939, Stanton Carlisle burns down his house after putting a dead body inside and takes a job as a carny. When the carnival's geek becomes ill, owner Clem enlists Stan to help him dispose of the man, and explains that he seeks out alcoholics, who are often men with troubled pasts, and lures them in with promises of a temporary job and gives them opium-laced alcohol. He uses their dependence to create a geek for his carnival. Stan works with the clairvoyant act "Madame Zeena" and her alcoholic husband, Pete. Zeena and Pete use cold reading and coded language, which Pete begins teaching to Stan. He and Zeena warn Stan not to use these skills to continue leading patrons on when it comes to the dead. Meanwhile, Stan becomes attracted to fellow performer Molly and approaches her with an idea for a two-person act away from the carnival.

Nightmare Alley
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The thriller film Nightmare Alley follows a carnival worker who has some secrets in his past. It is based on the 1946 novel of the same name by William Lindsay Gresham In 1939, Stanton Carlisle burns down his house after putting a dead body inside and takes a job as a carny. When the carnival's geek becomes ill, owner Clem enlists Stan to help him dispose of the man, and explains that he seeks out alcoholics, who are often men with troubled pasts, and lures them in with promises of a temporary job and gives them opium-laced alcohol. He uses their dependence to create a geek for his carnival.

Stan works with the clairvoyant act "Madame Zeena" and her alcoholic husband, Pete. Zeena and Pete use cold reading and coded language, which Pete begins teaching to Stan. He and Zeena warn Stan not to use these skills to continue leading patrons on when it comes to the dead. Meanwhile, Stan becomes attracted to fellow performer Molly and approaches her with an idea for a two-person act away from the carnival.

Nightmare Alley is a 2021 crime movie. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.0 and a MetaScore of 70.

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  • Release Date
    2021
  • MPAA Rating
    R
  • Language
    English
  • IMDB Rating
    7.0  (127,007)
  • Metascore
    70