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Episode 92: Nightmare Alley
This episode of Welcome To The Party Pal celebrates Nightmare Alley, the 2021 American neo-noir psychological thriller film directed by Guillermo del Toro from a screenplay by del Toro and Kim Morgan, based on the 1946 novel of the same name by William Lindsay Gresham, being the second feature film adaptation of Gresham's novel following the 1947 version. The film stars Bradley Cooper as a charming and ambitious carnival worker with a mysterious past who takes big risks to boost his career. Cate Blanchett, Toni Collette, Willem Dafoe, Richard Jenkins, Rooney Mara, Ron Perlman, Mary Steenburgen, and David Strathairn also star. In this episode hosts Michael Shields and Mitch Lucas hail the meticulous production design on display in Nightmare Alley (compliments of Tamara Deverell) while exploring the weighty themes present, including the repercussions of greed, in an episode that ultimately pays tribute to del Toro's unparalleled cinematic vision.