nightmare alley cast

Carol fans, time to celebrate. Rooney Mara is reuniting with Cate Blanchett in Nightmare Alley, Guillermo del Toro‘s first directorial feature since his Oscar-winning The Shape of Water. Mara is the latest to join the Nightmare Alley cast, which already includes Blanchett and Bradley Cooper.

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The original Pacific Rim is a giddy and eye-popping popcorn movie. While director Guillermo del Toro‘s lavish Kaiju movie was noticeably divisive online, it was embraced worldwide and became a modest box-office hit. The Legendary Pictures production earned enough cash in China to produce sequel, Pacific Rim Uprising, which didn’t live up to the charm and personality of the first movie.

Recently, we asked screenwriter and Carnival Row creator Travis Beacham what he initially had in mind for the franchise following the 2012 movie, since the sequel went in a very different direction than what was initially planned. A part of Beacham’s hope was to go to another world, and more specifically, to the other side of the rift where all the ‘lil blue creatures are cooking up Kaijus.

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werewolf western

Issa López‘s Tigers Are Not Afraid is earning raves from everyone who sees it – including filmmaker Guillermo del Toro. Now, López and del Toro are teaming up for a werewolf Western. If that doesn’t excite you at least a little, you should probably check your pulse. And while I’m sure the movie will be classier than just a series of scenes where werewolves wear cowboy hats and fire six-shooters, I wouldn’t complain if that’s all it turns out to be.

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antlers trailer

The trailer for Antlers is here, and it’s creepy as hell. Director Scott Cooper and producer Guillermo del Toro have teamed to adapt a short story from Channel Zero creator Nick Antosca, and the results look incredibly promising. In the film, Keri Russell plays a small-town school teacher who begins to suspect all is not well with one of her students. Watch the Antlers trailer below.

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Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio

Guillermo del Toro has a fondness for monsters, so it should come as no surprise that he’s comparing his upcoming stop-motion animated adaptation of Pinocchio to the classic tale of Frankenstein. In a recent interview about the forthcoming Netflix project being developed with The Jim Henson Company, del Toro discussed his vision for Pinocchio and how it hits close to his love for Frankenstein. Find out what he had to say below. Read More »

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Make-Up Featurette

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark has an intimdating legacy to live up to. The collection of horror stories by Alvin Schwartz has been beloved by nearly four decades of children, with tales that are terrifying enough to be kid friendly but also bring a fright. A big part of what made these books so successful (and controversial) are the inky, grotesque illustrations by Stephen Gammell, and the crew of the film adaptation went to great lengths to recreate those illustrations in real life. You can see how they did it with the character known as “The Corpse” in the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark make-up featurette below. Read More »

scary stories to tell in the dark trailer

Studio horror movies made for teenagers rarely get much better than Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. Based on the books written by Alvin Schwartz and illustrated by Stephen Gammell, the horror movie has a more classical than modern approach to its scares. André Øvredal‘s movie relies almost entirely on tension, not jump scares, although it delivers on those, too.

Executive produced by Guillermo del Toro, Øvredal’s movie has a similar handmade quality to its mostly practical monsters: The Pale Lady, the Jangly Man, the Toe Monster, and Harold the Scarecrow. The four of them are as nightmare-inducing as the unshakeable illustrations of the original books. As Hoai-Tran Bui wrote in her review, “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark effectively captures the primal horror of campfire stories while doing justice by Schwartz’s creepy designs in a marriage of old-fashioned practical thrills and sleek modern effects.”

Øvredal took some time to tell us about those thrills and modern effects during a recent phone interview, but if you’ve yet to see the movie, you may want to wait to read what he had to say about movie’s scariest scenes. Some minor spoilers lie ahead.

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nightmare alley update

When word came out back in 2017 that Oscar-winning director Guillermo del Toro was working on a remake of an old noir film called Nightmare Alley, I thought the same thing I always think when a new del Toro project pops up: I’ll believe it when I see it. I love most of his movies, but so many of his projects end up floundering that it’s hard to get too excited until something concrete starts to form.

But Nightmare Alley is moving forward, and he recently hired a spectacular cast that’s going to be led by Bradley Cooper. And in a new interview, del Toro has given a few more details about his remake, including its intended rating and the fact that there will be no supernatural elements at all. Read his comments below.
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Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Featurette

Even though Halloween is still over two months away, it’s never to early to get a jump start on some terror. This weekend brings the release of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, the adaptation of the popular collection of spooky tales written by by Alvin Schwartz and memorably illustrated by Stephen Gammell. The book’s legacy sets the bar high for a film adaptation, but a new Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark featurette and TV spot from the movie show us how the famed illustrations from the book are being brought to life. Read More »

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nightmare alley cast cate blanchett

Guillermo del Toro‘s return to directing is attracting some serious talent. New reports indicate Toni Collette, Cate Blanchett, Rooney MaraMichael Shannon, and more are all in being considered or are in talks to join del Toro’s Nightmare Alley cast. Bradley Cooper is already set to star in the adaptation of the novel of the same name, about a con-man who teams up with a psychiatrist. And since this is a del Toro movie, bugs and/or monsters are probably going to be involved at some point.

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