Here's When You Can Watch Nightmare Alley At Home

Are two separate posts in one day enough to earn a director the honor of their own national holiday? If that's wrong, then I don't want to be right. I'm officially dubbing today Guillermo del Toro Day, following our first look at the director's upcoming "Pinocchio" stop-motion film earlier today and now the news that his latest live-action film, "Nightmare Alley," will be coming home to eager viewers in the next month.

This is nothing but good news for film fans, especially for those of us who mourned Disney's mind-boggling decision to take the former Fox Studios property and release it so that the unstoppable "Spider-Man: No Way Home" could steamroll right over it. Sadly and to nobody's surprise, that's exactly what happened, leaving del Toro with yet another under-seen and under-appreciated gem that — hopefully — will receive a second wind among viewers at home and on streaming. In an interesting wrinkle, however, the film will be made available simultaneously on two different streaming services, further maximizing how many viewers will be able to tune in and either experience the dark and deliciously grimy film once again, or give it a much-needed first watch after hearing nothing but critical praise for the picture. As demonstrated in Chris Evangelista's review for /Film:

Working with co-writer Kim Morgan, del Toro has conjured up a hauntingly beautiful world where Ferris Wheels glow brightly against dark skies full of bolts of lightning. Where pickled specimens of dead things float in jars full of formaldehyde. Where it seems to always be cloudy. Where snow drifts down through perfectly framed windows. Where every room is choked with art deco baubles. Where a cigarette is perched in the corner of everyone's mouth. Where everyone seems slightly damned.

If that sounds like a movie right up your (*clears throat pointedly*) alley, read on for all the details on how to watch "Nightmare Alley" at home.

Nightmare Alley Streaming Release Date

I'll probably never stop bemoaning the cruel fate that led to "Nightmare Alley" flopping in theaters, as if the ongoing pandemic didn't already stack the deck against such a small and idiosyncratic film in the first place, but here's some good news for everyone who wants to do their part and help make up for such a grave error in judgment. "Nightmare Alley" won't be releasing on just one streaming service ... but two! The twist comes as a result of a streaming deal reached between Disney and WarnerMedia late last year, allowing joint rights sharing between HBO Max and Hulu. In accordance with that deal, "Nightmare Alley" will become available for subscribers to both (or either) HBO Max and Hulu beginning on February 1, 2022.

Of course, Guillermo del Toro fans also have much more "Nightmare Alley" goodness to look forward to, as well. The acclaimed filmmaker previously confirmed the existence of a black-and-white cut of the movie, which more easily puts viewers into the intended headspace of the noir thriller. That version came to select theaters in Los Angeles and will likely be included in upcoming home media releases, evocatively billed under the title of "Nightmare Alley: Vision in Darkness and Light." Until then, those who've watched the film can continue to ponder the "dark delights and darker revelations" of its ending here.

Check out the synopsis of "Nightmare Alley" below.

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