Guillermo del Toro’s Horror Pic Nightmare Alley Receives R-Rating

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According to Film Ratings, Searchlight Pictures’ forthcoming horror film adaptation of Nightmare Alley has officially been given an R-Rating for “strong/bloody violence, some sexual content, nudity, and language,” which teases the film’s tone and vibe. The Guillermo del Toro-directed pic is still scheduled to arrive in theaters on December 3, 2021. Its current theatrical release date places Nightmare Alley against no direct competition. However, the star-studded film will be debuting in the same month as a number of high-profile projects including West Side Story, Journal for Jordan, Spider-Man: No Way Home, and The Matrix 4.

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Based on William Lindsay Gresham’s novel of the same name, Nightmare Alley follows an ambitious young carny (Bradley Cooper) with a talent for manipulating people with a few well-chosen words hooks up with a female psychiatrist (Cate Blanchett) who is even more dangerous than he is. 

Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper (A Star is Born) will the star-studded cast that includes multi-award winning-actresses Cate Blanchett (Where’d You Go, Bernadette?), Toni Collette (Hereditary), Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) along with Oscar-nominee Willem Dafoe (The Lighthouse) Ron Perlman (Hellboy), Mark Povinelli (Water for Elephants), David Strathairn (Billions), Richard Jenkins (The Shape of Water) and Holt McCallany (Mindhunter).

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Nightmare Alley will be directed by Oscar-winner Guillermo del Toro from a screenplay he co-wrote with Kim Morgan. who will also serve as a producer alongside J. Miles Dale with TSG Entertainment. Searchlight Pictures has worldwide distribution rights to the film.