Nicolas Cage Goes All-Out as Dracula

If you haven’t heard of Renfield, you’ll undoubtedly know his grasp: Depend Dracula, popular culture’s pre-eminent vampire since Bram Stoker invented him over 125 years in the past. This wickedly intelligent movie based mostly on an concept by The Strolling Useless co-creator Robert Kirkman flips the parable on its head and relocates the motion to present-day New Orleans. Nicolas Cage camps it up fabulously because the fanged antagonist: at any time when he’s on display, the surroundings is as more likely to be chewed as human flesh. However as its title suggests, this gloriously gory romp is advised from the attitude of Drac’s long-suffering flunkey, R. M. Renfield (Nicholas Hoult). After many years of bringing the vamp victims to suck the blood from, in trade for a small portion of Dracula’s energy being transferred to him, Hoult’s lackey is about able to snap.

In Stoker’s guide, Renfield is portrayed as deranged and dangerously dedicated to Dracula, however this movie’s screenwriter Ryan Ridley reimagines him as somebody extra nuanced and trendy. A black-and-white opening montage riffing on the basic 1931 Dracula film starring Bela Lugosi establishes Renfield’s ill-advised pact along with his maniacal grasp, which he entered into to offer for his household. Then, almost a century later, Renfield stumbles right into a help group for folks with poisonous bosses and begins to query whether or not their co-dependency is completely wholesome. Spoiler: it actually, actually isn’t.

Nicholas Hoult in ‘Renfield’. CREDIT: Common

The marginally convoluted plot takes a short time to staff Renfield with Rebecca Quincy (Awkwafina), a deeply principled visitors cop who’s determined to take down the native mafiosos who killed her father. Goal primary for Rebecca is Teddy Lobo (Ben Schwartz), a cocky playboy nonetheless in thrall to his glamorous however ruthless mobster mum (Shohreh Aghdashloo). When Dracula realises Renfield is pulling away from him – or at the very least attempting to – he turns to the Lobos and their regular provide of well-drilled henchmen for help.

The story in all probability has a number of too many transferring components, however director Chris McKay (The Lego Batman Film) retains the tempo brisk and the tone playful. A montage wherein the hitherto bedraggled Renfield rediscovers his self-worth and offers himself a makeover is soundtracked by ‘2 Be Cherished (Am I Prepared)’, a bouncy bop by as we speak’s queen of self-empowerment, Lizzo. The movie additionally has enjoyable sending up the facility dynamics of help teams. Brandon Scott Jones is sweet worth as the marginally passive-aggressive group chief who encourages Renfield to search out his inside hearth.

However what actually makes this movie pop are the sport performances – Hoult’s wry self-awareness properly compliments Cage’s literal vamping – and flashy motion sequences. McKay has crafted a blood-soaked blast the place dismembered human limbs are used as golf equipment to beat folks with and a humble piece of cutlery turns into a kind of Chekhov’s Gun: should you see a fork, chances are high it’s entering into somebody’s jugular. Renfield isn’t for the faint of coronary heart, however should you’ve acquired a fairly sturdy abdomen and an appreciation for the tongue-in-cheek, it truly is bloody good enjoyable.


  • Director: Chris McKay
  • Starring: Nicholas Hoult, Nicolas Cage, Awkwafina
  • Launch date: April 14