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Cast and Crew
Director: Chris McKay
Writers: Ryan Ridley, Robert Kirkman
Nicholas Hoult as Renfield
Nicolas Cage as Dracula
Awkwafina as Rebecca
Ben Schwartz as Tedward Lobo
Shohreh Aghdashloo as Bellafrancesca Lobo
Brandon Scott Jones as Mark
Adrian Martinez as Chris
Camille Chen as Kate
Bess Rous as Caitlyn
Jenna Kanell as Carol
Danya LaBelle as Karla
Rhonda Johnson Dents as Sharon
Christopher Matthew Cook as Bob
Michael P. Sullivan as Weird Kevin
Rosha Washington as Trevante
James Moses Black as Captain Browning
T.C. Matherne as Kyle
Caroline Williams as Vanessa
Marcus Lewis as Apache Joe
Derek Russo as Brice
Marvin Ross as Sal
Renfield, Dracula’s henchman and inmate at the lunatic asylum for decades, longs for a life away from the Count, his various demands, and all of the bloodshed that comes with them. (From IMDB)
The premise and establishing story for the movie is done well. A flashback of Nicholas Cage as the classic monster, and initial fight scenes, telling you that this isn’t a movie to be taken seriously.
There is a sub-plot for Rebecca’s (Awkwafina’s) character, and it feels as though it should be more important, but it ultimately serves no point.
Originality: 2/6 Dracula has been done to death1, but this also is just a regular comic-book story. It felt like a story written about any major villain and a henchmen, but when the rights for that fell through, they just changed the post to be about public domain characters.
Effects: 5/6 The effects are standard for schlocky horror/gore movies, but given the subject matter, it works for this film.
Acting: 5/6 It seems like everyone is recognizable, at least to regular comic and sci-fi fans. Nicholas Cage is Nicholas Cage, but somehow not as over the top as he was in previous vampire movies.
Emotional Response: 3/6 It was fun, but it does not leave one concerned for the story or characters. The gore and horrific violence feels more cartoonish than startling.
Story: 4/6 This is a popcorn flick, so the bar wasn’t set particularly high, but it does manage to clear it.
Production: 4/6 The film turned out coherent and well put together, but a trip to Wikipedia makes it seems like things behind the scenes weren’t as well put together.
Overall: 4/6 This feels like a comic book movie. It’s gory, but not a deep movie.
In total, Renfield (2023) receive 27/42
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1Pun fully intended.