Nightmare Alley

Holmes Movies

“Is it a beast or is it a man?”

Guillermo Del Toro is one of those filmmakers I have absolute faith in. I have been a fan of his work for a long time ever since I was a teenager. I watched Hellboy and Blade II religiously and thought Pan’s Labyrinth was a masterpiece. I still wish he made The Hobbit back when Peter Jackson wasn’t initially going to direct what was supposed to be two films. Guillermo Del Toro is a filmmaker with a clear and precise vision. The way he looks at the world and presents it in his films is authentic and fantastical at the same time. The look and the tone of his films is dark, strange, and magical. An imaginative and creative storyteller and more importantly, a lover of cinema. This is something you can clearly see in all his films.

Before Nightmare Alley came…

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REVIEW: “Nightmare Alley” (2021)

Keith & the Movies

(CLICK HERE for my full review in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)

In the opening scene of Guillermo del Toro’s new film “Nightmare Alley” we watch a man dragging a dead body, tightly wrapped in a bed sheet, across the dusty floor of a remote ramshackle farm house. He strikes a match and sets the place ablaze. The man makes his way to a bus station where, once onboard, he lowers his floppy brimmed fedora over his tired heavy eyes and falls asleep, only waking up when the bus reaches the proverbial “end of the line”. In many ways that opening sequence encapsulates del Toro’s latest effort.

As you would expect from a del Toro film, “Nightmare Alley” is a visual feast, anchored by Tamara Deverell’s sparkling production design that transports you back to the late 1930s and early 40s. It also brings together a stellar cast that includes Bradley…

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