Nightmare Alley gets release date for streaming on HBO Max and Hulu

William of Taurus‘s latest film, Nightmare alley, coming to HBO Max and Hulu in February. The stars of the film Bradley Cooper as the manipulative Stan Carlisle, a stingy swindler who gets into a dangerous relationship with a psychiatrist played by Cate Blanchett.

The news comes as a surprise as the film’s producer, Searchlight Pictures, belongs to the Fox group, which was acquired by Disney a few years back. But the fact Nightmare alley goes to HBO Max in addition to Hulu seems to be the latest case of the agreement reached between Disney and WarnerMedia, which includes the division of Fox movie streaming rights through 2022. Under the terms of that agreement, which is expected to end after one year, HBO and HBO Max titles shared between Disney and Warner Bros. Either way, there’s a new date you need to put on the calendar to watch or rewatch del Toro’s latest movie from your couch.


Nightmare alley was adapted by del Toro and Kim Morgan from William Lindsay Greshams novel of the same name. Nightmare alley was in the middle of production when the news of the pandemic became alarming. So on March 10, 2020, del Toro and Cooper conferred and decided together that it would be best to stop shooting instead of risking someone getting sick. However, the six months it took the crew before they restarted production were not wasted as del Toro edited the part of the film that had already been filmed and realized that some rewriting was necessary. As del Toro explains:

“We were able to go six months back in between all this and were able to analyze and see not only that character, but what we had to rewrite to be able to go back to a set. If your pores are open, find film you. ”

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The extra time in the oven did the movie wonders, which Nightmare alley overall mostly positive reviews. Nightmare alley‘s star-studded cast also includes Toni Collette (Hereditary, Knives Out), Willem Dafoe (The lighthouse), Richard Jenkins (The shape of the water), Rooney Mara (Carol), Ron Perlman (Hell’s kid), David Strathairn (Nomadeland), Clifton Collins Jr. (The last castle), and Mary Steenburgen (Book Club).

A black-and-white version of the film, called Nightmare Alley: Vision in Darkness and Light, began a limited theater course from this week. The regular version of Nightmare alley coming to HBO Max and Hulu on February 1st.

Here is Nightmare alleyofficial synopsis:

An ambitious carny with a talent for manipulating people with a few well-chosen words contacts a female psychiatrist who is even more dangerous than he is.

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He also talks about how they decided to shoot at Alexa 65, the way they turned on Bradley Cooper in the movie, and to film the 3rd act first.

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