Renfield Movie Review | Nicholas Holt/Nicholas Cage Duo Leaves an Impression (Spoiler-Free)

Yusuf Ali
1 min readApr 19, 2023
(from left) Renfield (Nicholas Hoult) & Dracula (Nicolas Cage) in Renfield | Photo: Michele K. Short/Universal Pictures

What if I told you you could watch a horror movie with humor with legendary gothic characters in modern settings that comment on social issues? Even with cast like Holt, Cage, and Awkwafina, this movie had so much penitential and could have been a wonder, but it still leaves an impression with laughter and gore.

After centuries of torture in the hands of his narcissistic boss Dracula (Cage), Renfield (Holt) tries to seek a life outside of the shadow of the powerful vampire while finding a new friend in police officer Rebecca (Awkwafina). All three main cast carry the whole movie delivering laughter after laughter setting up a comedic tone that becomes a distinct feature of this movie.

Through gore, laughter, and thrills, Renfield conveys the importance of group therapy, sharing, and healing, something everyone needs now. Hence, the audience takes something positive and encouraging when leaving.

This movie could have been a masterpiece if it had been longer, with more time for these characters to shine and develop and sharper storyline. But it is what it is. We still get an enjoyable comedy horror.

4 Out of 5 Stars

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