Searchlight Pictures just announced that a black-and-white version of Guillermo del Toro’s Nightmare Alley will play in select theaters, dubbed Nightmare Alley: Vision in Darkness and Light.

(Searchlight Pictures)

(Searchlight Pictures)

What’s Happening:

  • Guillermo del Toro’s Nightmare Alley opened today in theaters, but fans may want to see it a second time this January, in glorious black-and-white.
  • Searchlight Pictures just announced a limited run of the film coming next month, which will be billed as Nightmare Alley: Vision in Darkness and Light.
  • At this time, the black-and-white run is only being planned for exhibition in Los Angeles, according to Variety.
  • The film centers around moral ambiguity and the artistic vision behind the black-and-white release will further represent that theme.
  • Nightmare Alley was filmed in color, but Guillermo del Toro was lit as if it was an old black-and-white film.
  • Based on the 1946 novel by William Lindsay Gresham, this is the second film adaptation of Nightmare Alley, the original released in 1947 starring Tyrone Power.
  • The 2021 remake features a star-studded cast that includes Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, Willem Dafoe, and Toni Collette.

About Nightmare Alley:

In Nightmare Alley, an ambitious 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.

Nightmare Alley Cast:

  • Bradley Cooper as Stanton “Stan” Carlisle
  • Cate Blanchett as Dr. Lilith Ritter
  • Willem Dafoe as Clem Hoately
  • Toni Collette as Zeena Krumbein
  • Richard Jenkins as Ezra Grindle
  • Ron Perlman as Bruno
  • Rooney Mara as Molly Cahill
  • David Strathairn as Pete Krumbein
  • Holt McCallany as Anderson
  • Jim Beaver as Sheriff Jedediah Judd
  • Mark Povinelli as The Major
  • Mary Steenburgen as Miss Harrington