Bradley Cooper and Cate Blanchett lead the dark mystery

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It all starts with a question in Guillermo del Toro’s star-studded thriller teaser Alley of nightmares. The film is directed by Bradley Cooper and Cate Blanchett. It’s a remake of the 1947 noir classic of the same name.

The producers released a quick first teaser of the film, a day after the first preview of the film was released. Small portrait of the black thriller, the trailer leaves viewers with many questions that only the film can answer.

Cate Blanchett | Stefania D’Alessandro / WireImage

Is it a man or a beast?

As Willem Dafoe questions him at the start of the teaser, describing a “supreme weirdness” of a creature in a “world of unexplained mysteries”. The teaser piques viewers’ interest as Defoe exposes details of an unknown creature he offers the chance to witness.

Set in an old carnival, with Defoe as the barker, the teaser takes audiences through a bunch of carnival attractions. From a Ferris wheel to a fortune teller and live electrocution – all the spiel. But what leaves a lasting impression is Cooper’s involutive quest that seems to get darker and more gruesome with each passing frame.

Cooper stars as Stanton Carlisle, an ambitious carny who has a knack for manipulating people with a few well-chosen words, as Searchlight Pictures’ premise suggests. Blanchett plays an even more dangerous psychiatrist than Cooper.

When the two team up, a tumultuous journey begins.

The film is based on a 1946 novel of the same name

A psychological thriller, William Lindsay Gresham’s novel delves into the devious and murky nature of carnivals and their participants. From the look of the trailer, the monster mentioned throughout Defoe’s narration appears to be Cooper’s Carlisle.

Defoe himself confirms this in the teaser when he reveals that the monstrous creature was “unequivocally” considered a man and not a beast.

While no supernatural elements appear in the trailer, the dark green and red color scheme brings out the eerie feel of the entire film. While Defoe’s narration suggests clue to the beast’s traumatic past, the latest footage of Cooper sitting in a burning room suggests the same.

The teaser ends, as it started with Defoe wondering if this is a man or a beast, suggesting del Toro’s use of humans as a metaphor for beasts.

Besides Cooper and Blanchett, several other big Hollywood names star in the film.

With starring power from Oscar nominee and Oscar winner Cooper, Blanchett, the film generated a lot of buzz. But that’s not all, the film also stars Willem Dafoe, Toni Collette, Rooney Mara, Richard Jenkins, Ron Perlman and David Strathairn.

Toro co-produced the film with his Water shape co-producer J. Miles Dale. Del Toro also reunited with Alexandre Desplat for the music of the film. Desplat previously worked with del Toro in Water shape and won the Oscar for his score in the film. With a string of several Oscar winners, including del Toro, in its cast and crew, the film is likely to find a place in a few nominations in 2022.

Alley of nightmares is set to hit theaters on December 17th.

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