Nightmare Alley Gets Streaming Release Date on HBO Max and Hulu


If you have not watched Guillermo del Toro’s latest film, Nightmare Alley, so far, grab your popcorns and gear up to watch it on your couch.

Yes, folks! 

Nightmare Alley is coming to streaming platforms HBO Max and Hulu.

Nightmare Alley is a noir psychological crime thriller of America, based on the novel of the same name by  William Lindsay Gresham. The film focuses on a con man Stan Carlisle, who gets involved with a dangerous psychiatrist Lilith Ritter.

The news came as a surprise for many fans. The film is going to stream on both HBO and HULU together. Searchlight Pictures, the producer of the film, is a part of the Fox group and, Disney acquired the Fox group a few months back. The arrival of the movie in HBO Max and Hulu depicts the existing deal between Warnermedia and Disney has struck off. According to the agreement, Disney and Warner’s media share the title of the film streaming on Hulu and HBO Max.

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Well, everything apart, the movie will stream in February on both HBO and HULU.

Along with J. Miles Dale and Coope, Del Toro has produced the film.

The thriller received a positive response from the viewers and created a substantial fan base with an excellent IMDB rating of 7.4 out of 10.

However, the movie could not perform great at the box office amidst the pandemic. People of old age restricted themselves from stepping out of the house due to old age. 

Further, the premiere of Spider-man: No way Home affects the sales of the film.

Well, let us see more details about Nightmare Alley. But, before that, let us warn you. Please do not read more, as spoilers are ahead for those who do not want the spoilers.

Nightmare Alley Release date 

The film’s release date had shifted several times due to the global pandemic of coronavirus.

However, Nightmare finally premiered on December 1, 2021, at Alice Tully Hall in New York City. Later, the movie hit theatres in the United States on December 17, 2021.

Finally, searchlight has officially announced the premiere on HULU and HBO Max streaming platforms. The film will premiere on February 1, 2022, on both streaming platforms.

Nightmare Alley Cast

The whole cast of the Nightmare Alley is as follows:

  • Bradley Cooper as Stanton Carlisle (Stan)
  • Cate Blanchett as Lilith Ritter
  • Willem Dafoe as Clement Hoately
  • Rooney Mara as Mary Elizabeth Cahill (MOLLY)
  • Mary Steenburgen as Miss Kimball
  • Holt McCallany as Anderson
  • Tim Blake Nelson as Carny Boss
  • Mark Povinelli as Major Mosquito
  • Paul Anderson as Geek
  • Stephen McHattie as Hobo
  • Toni Collette as Zeena Krumbein
  • Richard Jenkins as Ezra Grindle
  • Ron Perlman as Bruno
  • David Strathairn as Peter “Pete” Krumbein
  • David Hewlett as Dr Elrood
  • Clifton Collins Jr. as Funhouse Jack
  • Jim Beaver as Sheriff Jedediah Judd
  • Peter MacNeill as Judge Kimball
  • Lara Jean Chorostecki as Louise Hoately
  • Dian Bachar as Fee Fee the Birdgirl

Nightmare Alley Plot/ Storyline (Spoilers Alert)

The story began with a man Stanton Carlisle (Stan), who burned his house, and, left with no option, took a job in a carnival. Owner Clem explained to him how he lured people into the job of carnival geeks. His owner told him how he physically and mentally abused them for his advantage.

Stan started working with Zeena and her alcoholic husband, Pete, who performs the clairvoyant act. Pete and Zeena were using a coding language to fool the audience. With the help of the coding language, they portrayed that they had some supernatural powers to contact the dead people, and they called the show “spook show”. Stan learned the act and proposed his fellow performer perform separately from the carnival.

Later on one night, Stan accidentally gave the wrong bottle of Alcohol to Pete, from which one person died.

Stan and Molly left the carnival immediately and fled away. Stan established himself as “The Great Stanton”. He started performing the act in the name of the psychic act for the elite class of New York with Molly. 

His life went smoothly until he encountered psychologist Dr Lilith Ritter in one of his shows. Ritter understood the act of Stan and tried to expose him. However, Stan saved himself by using his code language and publicly humiliating her.

Judge Kimball had appointed the Stan for testing Ritter, in which he came out with flying colours. Kimball wanted to communicate his dead wife, for which he wanted to use Stan’s knowledge. 

Intrigued by his skill, Ritter invited him into her office and shared Kimball’s personal information to help him. They both started coming close to each other, and Stan revealed his guilt and past in front of Ritter.

Later, Kimbal introduced Stan to Ezra Grindle, a powerful criminal. Ezra wanted to talk to Dory, who died of forced abortion.

Meanwhile, Molly came to know about Stan and Ritten and decided to leave. After some begging from Stan, she chose to stay and help Stan for the last time. However, Stan lost control of Ezra, and he realised that Dory was fake. He tried to kill Stan but happened otherwise. Stan killed him and his henchman and later reached to Ritten for help.

However, he realised that the Ritter was scamming all the time for taking revenge for her humiliation in the show. After some hustle between the two, Police arrived. But, Stan fledged and finally took the job in another carnival.

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Nightmare Alley Trailer

The intriguing trailer of Nightmare Alley Premiered in November 2021. If you have not watched it, enjoy it here.


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