See it only if moved to overcome suicidal thoughts!


While Renfield is not a particularly bad vampire film, it certainly is not a great one. Violent and campy, it is saved only by the creative performance of Nicholas Hoult as Renfield and Awkwafina as a struggling police officer.

Flowing from the 1897 novel by Bram Stoker and the original film released in 1931, Nicolas Cage plays the toothy Dracula. Now living in New Orleans, he depends on his loyal assistant Renfield to provide humans to satisfy his master’s blood thirst.

The fun part of the movie flows from Renfield’s participating in a self-help group to find a way to flee Dracula. He no longer finds gaining superhuman strength from eating bugs to be life’s calling. As noted, Hoult is good in this role, so I encourage you to watch Warm Bodies (2013), Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) and Tolkien (2019).

However, his journey takes a bad turn when he runs into a crime family. Led by Teddy Lobo (Ben Schwartz) and his mother Bellafrancesca (Shohreh Aghdashloo), Renfield cooperates with the police to try and destroy them.

The battle that ensues describes the rest of the film. Dracula hates his counseling group and Renfield can only find safety with the support of Rebecca, Awkwafina’s frustrated, engaging police officer. She helps this movie rise from the dead (literally), so hunt her down in Crazy Rich Asians (2018) and The Farewell (2019).

As far as an interesting Dracula film, leave this movie alone for the moment and watch Hugh Jackman in Van Helsing (2004). Kate Beckinsale’s Anna Valerious helps Van Helsing destroy Dracula by revealing his alliance with Frankenstein.