Watch: Renfield 2023 123movies, Full Movie Online – 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..
Plot: Having grown sick and tired of his centuries as Dracula’s lackey, Renfield finds a new lease on life — and maybe even redemption — when he falls for feisty, perennially angry traffic cop Rebecca Quincy.
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If not for a trademark over-the-top Nicolas Cage performance and a truly inspired fight scene in an apartment complex, “Renfield” would be a total disaster of a movie. It’s certainly not any good and I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone, and the real horror of it all is the way director Chris McKay blows what should have been a slam-dunk premise.
Set in present day, Renfield (Nicholas Hoult) is the tortured, loyal assistant to Dracula (Cage). He’s served his master for decades, taking care of everything from getting his cape dry cleaned to procuring fresh prey for dinner. After centuries of servitude, Renfield is finally ready to move on and create a life of his own.
Although it is mostly dead in the water, the film’s pacing never feels slow. There’s plenty of entertainment, it’s just not fun enough, outrageous enough, nor twisted enough. The tone is both tongue-in-cheek and sincere, which is not cohesive as a whole. There’s a lot of action that means nothing, and characters like Awkwafina‘s police officer that are bland and forgettable.
The side plots about a crime family with a ruthless boss (Shohreh Aghdashloo) and her son (Ben Schwartz) that wants Renfield dead is half-baked, and the funny group therapy bits where Dracula’s assistant seeks help for co-dependency and dealing with his raging narcissist of a boss falls flat. The ideas all sound so good on paper, but are poorly executed across the board. That’s why the movie feels so underwhelming.
Cage is by far the best part of this mess, and he is an actor who is born to play Dracula. He hams it up in every scene, and his unhinged take is genuinely scary but also goofy. His manic line delivery and unhinged inflection of such dialogue gems like “Hail Satan” is absolute bliss.
The blood and gore is over-the-top and mostly used in a humorous manner, but this isn’t for the squeamish. There is graphic throat ripping, spurting blood, and abdomens slit open with internal organs visibly spilling out. McKay doesn’t shy away from the violence (and the makeup and effects are really great), which should at least delight horror fans.
With such a great idea for story, it’s a bummer that “Renfield” is disappointing in nearly every way imaginable. You’ll find yourself mourning what it could have been.
**By: Louisa Moore / SCREEN ZEALOTS / WWW.SCREENZEALOTS.COM**
Nicholas Hoult is the eponymous vampire “familial” whose job it is, is to cater for the needs of his toothy master (Nicolas Cage) who is distinctly under the weather. He is gradually tiring of the relentlessness of his tasks – especially as procuring food for his boss is becoming more and more difficult; as well having to rely on his own unsavoury diet of bugs – they give him super strength for a few moments. Meantime, the ballsy police officer “Quincy” (Awkwafina) is trying to finally nail “Teddy Lobo” (Ben Schwartz) whose mother “Bella” (Shohreh Aghdashloo) heads up the city’s most ruthless gang of drug dealing hoods and who has bribed just about every city official. Serendipity takes an hand when “Renfield” comes across this officer in a diner and after a lively altercation the two find themselves united in their determination to achieve their goals. To be honest, the story is pretty lightweight and just reminded me of an episode of “Buffy”. What makes this a bit more fun is the two characterisations. Hoult joins in. He is clearly having fun with his insects and his acrobatics. Cage is also up for the task at hand. He is super-hammy and at times reminded me more of Sir Anthony Hopkin’s “Hannibal Lecter” than of anything Christopher Lee ever did. I saw this on my own in a cinema last night which was a bid sad – it’s not a great film, but it is still a mildly amusing mickey-take of this genre (and of what passes for film-noir nowadays) and though instantly forgettable, is still a well produced and enjoyable enough gore-fest.
A Weird Mix of Genre That Doesn’t Amount To Much in The End
A really weird concoction of a lot of different genre that I kind of have to admire for taking a Dracula/Renfield story in a direction you wouldn’t expect but in the end I just think it amounts to a lot of mediocrity because that story they chose was just so weak.
It’s basically 3 movies in one and everything to do with Nicolas Cage giving a perfectly hammy performance as Dracula I really liked but in addition to that it also takes the direction of being a crime/mob thriller and a pretty generic one at that and all of the rom com stuff I just couldn’t have cared less about.
I love myself a good amount of blood and gore in my action movies and Renfield delivers that in spades so whenever there was a fight scene I was at least entertained. I really liked the central trio of Cage, Hoult and Awkwafina and I suppose the central message of the movie is a valid one but it’s so broad it feels childlike in its approach and I can hardly imagine people taking their kids to a movie like this.
Maybe I’m overthinking it a bit because the film was fun enough time but I just thought the filmmakers wasted their perfectly cast Dracula on a script that doesn’t know what it wants to be and I can’t help but be a bit disappointed in that.
Nic Cage is fantastic in a movie that doesn’t know what it wants to be.
Are we an action flick? Are we a comedy? Are we a horror? Are we John Wick with Dracula? Are we a romantic thriller?
“Renfield,” starring Nicholas Hoult as the titular role starts off much like a great comedy about Renfield going to classes to work on his self esteem to break free of his “abusive relationship” with his boss, Dracula (played awesomely by the wonderful Cage).
Many years ago, Dracula was severely burned by the sun in a fight to the death and Renfield (being his servant) must bring him victims, so he uses these classes as a way to lure “pure” people to Dracula’s lair (which is an old abandoned hospital) so Dracula can feed on them and get better.
Love the idea, hate the direction.
Renfield gets confidence from meeting a police woman, Rebecca Quincy (played like a hunched over Robert De Niro when he was de aged in “The Irishman”, Awkwafina) who has been trying to take down the Lobo crime family who murdered her well respected police officer father years ago. Awkwafina plays Rebecca as if she doesn’t want to be there and is being forced to act.
Does this story go anywhere? Do we care? I didn’t. And I felt like I wasn’t alone in a packed prescreening event.
Amazing bloodbath fight sequences will keep you entertained, but overall, the story and love interests don’t seem to care or want to go on. The movie ends a lot like you would imagine and you’ll love the violence, a la “John Wick,” just don’t wanna stick around for the rest of it.
Original Language en
Genre Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
Director Chris McKay
Writer Ryan Ridley, Robert Kirkman
Actors Nicholas Hoult, Nicolas Cage, Awkwafina
Country United States
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