Whether you adore him or really adore him, Nicolas Cage, the Academy Award-winning actor, has earned global recognition for his impassioned performances and unwavering dedication to the characters he portrays, regardless of how peculiar they may appear. Much of this phenomenon can be traced back to one of Cage’s early roles in the cult classic, Vampire’s Kiss, a film that has spawned countless memes. In this iconic movie, Cage played a business executive who genuinely believes he’s been bitten by a vampire. Ever since that unforgettable cinematic masterpiece, fans around the world have yearned, nay, craved to witness Nicolas Cage stepping into the shoes of the grandest and most formidable vampire of all time – Dracula. Their wishes are now being granted with Renfield, a fresh and contemporary take on the legendary literary villain, offering a completely new perspective.
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As the title suggests, this new film, directed by Chris McKay (known for The Tomorrow War), primarily centers around the character of Renfield, who can be likened to Igor in the context of Count Dracula’s Doctor Frankenstein. In Bram Stoker’s original tale, Renfield was a deranged individual with a penchant for consuming insects, serving as Dracula’s unhinged henchman, bringing him victims in exchange for the promise of eternal life. However, Renfield asks more relatable questions about morality in this reimagined version, ultimately deciding that he no longer wishes to live a life of servitude to an immortal monster.
The mere prospect of Nicolas Cage assuming the role of Dracula is already sufficient to pique the interest of movie enthusiasts. Furthermore, the addition of Nicholas Hoult and Awkwafina to the cast elevates this new horror-comedy to a must-watch level. Now, there’s only one question left to answer – How can one watch Renfield?
Is Renfield Available to Stream on Peacock?
Yes, starting from today, June 8, 2023, you can now stream Renfield on Peacock. This release aligns with Universal’s recent trend, with other titles like Cocaine Bear and Knock at the Cabin also finding their way onto the platform.
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When Did Renfield Come Out?
Moviegoers eagerly anticipated the release of Renfield as it made its way to theaters on Friday, April 14, 2023. The film is brought to you by Universal Pictures, a studio with a rich history of iconic monster characters like The Wolfman, Frankenstein, and the highly influential 1931 Dracula film starring the legendary Bela Lugosi.
Watch the Renfield Trailer
The initial trailer for Renfield made its debut on January 5, 2023, kicking off with a frantic Renfield (Nicholas Holt) barging into a therapy session, declaring his desire to escape from a toxic relationship. Fellow therapy attendees initially assume he’s trying to break free from an abusive boss or partner, but it soon becomes evident that Renfield’s troubles have a supernatural twist. Cursed with an unrelenting guilt for delivering innocent victims to a bloodthirsty monster, Renfield finds some relief when he uses the powers bestowed upon him by Dracula to thwart a group of violent robbers. It’s during this encounter that Renfield crosses paths with a police officer named Rebecca Quincy (Awkwafina), and this meeting becomes the catalyst for his decision to break free from his immortal and all-powerful master. Now, Renfield’s biggest challenge lies in breaking the news to his ancient and formidable boss that he’s quitting.
More Vampire Comedies That You Can Watch Right Now
Vampire’s Kiss (1988) – While critics weren’t initially thrilled with Nic Cage’s debut as a vampire, Vampire’s Kiss has since earned cult classic status. Much of this can be attributed to Cage’s utterly captivating performance, which is gloriously over-the-top and absurd in all the right ways. The movie itself could be aptly described as a vampiric American Psycho (2000), featuring a callous executive who becomes increasingly unhinged as his belief in turning into a vampire intensifies.
Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995) – This film marks the final directorial effort from comedy legend Mel Brooks. Dracula: Dead and Loving It may not be his finest parody work, but even Mel Brooks at his less-than-best is still quite amusing. Brooks himself stars as Professor Van Helsing, while Leslie Nielsen, known for The Naked Gun trilogy, takes on the role of the vampiric count. It’s a meta-comedic take on the Dracula tale that remains a unique collaboration between two comedic greats. Dracula: Dead and Loving It is presently available for rent on most online rental platforms.
What We Do in the Shadows (2014) – Many are familiar with the Emmy Award-winning television series bearing the same name, but don’t overlook the original What We Do in the Shadows film; it’s every bit as hysterical, if not more so. This mockumentary revolves around a group of vampires sharing a flat in New Zealand, serving as a breakout project for filmmakers and stars Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement. If you’re a fan of the show, you’re bound to adore the movie. What We Do in the Shadows is readily available for rent on most online rental services.