Del Toro's "Nightmare Alley"

Oscar winning director Guillermo del Toro ("The Shape of Water") is prepping his next Fox Searchlight feature "Nightmare Alley" (previously a 1947 feature starring Tyrone Power and Joan Blondell), shooting January-May 2020, based on the novel by William Lindsay as "a study of the lowest depths of showbiz and its sleazy inhabitants, hustlers, scheming grifters and Machiavellian 'femmes fatales'..."

"...'Stanton Carlisle' watches the geek show at a carnival. asking worker 'Clem Hoately' where 'geeks' come from. Clem explains that geeks are 'made': a sideshow owner finds an alcoholic bum and offers him a temporary job with a steady supply of liquor.

"Initially, the bum is only asked to pretend to be a geek, using a razor blade to slice chickens' necks and then faking the drinking of the blood. After a few weeks, the owner threatens to end the job and replace the bum with a 'real' geek, and the
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