Review: Renfield – Nicolas Cage Delivers As Difficult Boss Dracula

By Gary

We have all had difficulty bosses that we have worked under but not one that is immortal like Dracula.

With Renfield you get to find out as “R.M. 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.

“Renfield (Nicholas Hoult) decides to leave his centuries-long line of work as a henchman and familiar to Count Dracula (Nicolas Cage) and finds a new lease on life in modern day New Orleans when he falls in love with a feisty but perennially aggressive traffic cop named Rebecca Quincy (Awkwafina).”

Ever wonder what it would be like to see Nicolas Cage play Count Dracula well look no further. This film is very over the top and Cage gives one of his finest over the top performances.

I don’t think anybody is going into Renfield thinking they’re going to see an Oscar winner.

If you go in expecting a fun, comedic thriller about Dracula’s servant, with an excellent Nicolas Cage performance.

On that front Renfield delivers.

The jokes are hilarious punches at the Dracula lore presented, the action is over the top and ridiculously bloody, and the story is serviceable enough to satisfy.

My only issue with the film is there are parts where the dialogue feels like it was written by a teenager and there are certain illogical plot holes that seemed to just be an issue as far as editing goes.

If the filmmakers had just switched a few scenes around, they could’ve avoided that. They also show you a lot of the good scenes in the trailer, but there was still more fun to be had besides that stuff as well.

Overall, an enjoyable experience that doesn’t overstay it’s welcome with a brisk 90-minuteruntime. I would recommend this on Cage’s performance alone, but the film also stood up on its own as well.

The film is told from Renfield’s point of view, who is played by Nicholas Hoult. Renfield desperately wants a normal life and to get away from Dracula’s tyrannical bloodthirsty rule.

There are some fairly gory scenes and surprisingly some emotional scenes as well. Renfield has a sub plot with a ruling drug family. The Police are being paid off by this family, except for Awkwafina’s character who wants revenge against this family for the death of her father.

Ben Schwartz plays the heir to the drug family and is in a lot of the action scenes in this and later in the film he makes a deal for his family with Dracula.

Some of the best scenes in this film are set at the support group that Renfield goes to for help with his demanding boss, Dracula.

I will leave you with one of the best moments from the film, which is in the trailer:

Remember Dracula’s Cape is Dry Clean Only.

My Rating: 7/10