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also known as “Renfield: Asistente De Vampiro,” “Asistentul vampirului,” “Renfield - Dando o Sangue Pelo Chefe,” “Renfildas,” See more »
MPA Rating: R-Rating (MPA) for bloody violence, some gore, language throughout and some drug use.

Reviewed by: Pamela Karpelenia

Moral Rating: Extremely Offensive
Moviemaking Quality:
Primary Audience: Young-Adults Adults
Genre: Supernatural-Horror Dark-Comedy
Length: 1 hr. 33 min.
Year of Release: 2023
USA Release: April 14, 2023 (wide release)
DVD: June 6, 2023
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Featuring Nicholas HoultRenfield
Nicolas CageDracula
Ben Schwartz (Benjamin Schwartz) … Tedward Lobo
Shohreh AghdashlooBellafrancesca Lobo
Brandon Scott JonesMark
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Director Chris McKay
Producer Universal Pictures
Skybound Entertainment
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“I am your only friend”

“Renfield” tells the story of Dracula’s henchman/familiar whose primary job is to bring Dracula victims to consume in exchange for immorality and a portion of his power. Formerly an English lawyer, R.M. Renfield achieves his supernatural strength and powers by regularly eating bugs.

The film opens with Renfield (Nicholas Hoult) in a support group for people in abusive and controlling relationships. We are then shown Renfield’s backstory via flashback/narration, which introduces us to Dracula (Nicolas Cage). Renfield uses the support group as a way getting victim’s for Dracula to feed on, but during one of these episodes he runs into a crime boss and decides he’s ready to leave Dracula for good. However, Dracula has other plans. This is the opening of a gore-filled blood-fest of a film.

The plot is relatively simple to follow but is jumbled with chunky exposition and too many swear words and blasphemous themes to count.

Nicholas Hoult’s acting is well renowned from other films such as “Tolkien,” the “X-Men” franchise, “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “The Current War,” and “Jack the Giant Slayer”. but this just seems so grotesque compared to his other work. Nicolas Cage is Nicolas Cage—very over-the-top acting has become his trademark. It suits the Dracula role well, but again the film is unaesthetic. Rebecca’s (Awkwafina) character (an aggressive traffic cop) is completely unfunny, forced, and serves as a humorless plot device.

The objectionable content is extensive. The very first two words in the film are blasphemous, and the entire movie is littered with foul language. There is also excessive violence and gore. The fight scenes are intense—which one would come to expect from a vampire film, but this one goes overboard with the blood, guts, and violence. There is also drug use, drinking of blood and eating of bugs. The blood seemed obviously fake to me, but it still is in excess.

As for a spiritual component, this film focuses on saving yourself, putting yourself first, you can save yourself, and a lot of the New Age mantras we see in modern Progressive movements. There is a resurrection aspect to it as well; Dracula’s blood can bring people back from the dead and heal wounds, etc. Everything in this film is contrary to what the Bible teaches. Salvation only comes through the blood of Christ. He blood is the only saving grace we have. He is the only One who is risen from the dead to save all who believe upon Him.

This film is not recommended. The blasphemous language, the blood, guts, gore and the overall anti-Christ message of salvation, make it a hard pass.

  • Violence: Extreme
  • Profane language: Extreme
  • Vulgar/Crude language: Extreme
  • Occult: Extreme
  • Drugs/Alcohol: Extreme
  • Wokeism: Heavy
  • Nudity: Moderate
  • Sex: Mild

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Secular Movie Critics
…This sometimes clever, outrageously gory and slickly violent horror comedy is more “John Wick” than Tod Browning, and that’s just the tip of its tonal confusion. …
…A delightful gory ride… From minute one, star Hoult is at his best as Dracula’s faithful servant Robert Montague Renfield, who’s been saddled with the worst kind of indentured servitude for the last hundred years or so. The film is no-holds-barred, both with its comedy and its scares, wasting no time in introducing us to the most fearsome vampire of them all: Cage’s Count Dracula. …
Maggie Boccella, Collider
Nicolas Cage’s vampire movie belongs in a coffin… the biggest problem for “Renfield”: Whenever Cage leaves the frame, which is often, we immediately stop having fun — as if Dracula commanded us to. …[2/4]
Johnny Oleksinski, New York Post
…the payoff just isn’t there. It’s not-a-stake-through-the-heart disappointment, but the only eternal life “Renfield” will enjoy is in late-night channel surfing…
Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic
…If Renfield were a serious movie, all the gory fight and slaughter scenes would seem overindulgent. But judging from the audience laugh-meter at the screening I attended, the right decisions were made for the material. [B]
Jim Slotek, Original Cin
…May the next outing with Renfield and Dracula, should the public and Universal decree it, be a little funnier and little less too much. …
Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
…Though Nicholas Hoult is charming as he struggles to find inner strength, Renfield lives or dies by Nic Cage camping it up. And he delivers. …
Jordan Hoffman, AV Club
…distracted, cynical, and clumsy on all fronts… half-baked, with allusions galore to overcoming demons and finding inner strength that are only ever lip-service, rather than being dramatically or even comedically expressed. …
Siddhant Adlakha, Polygon
…Splattered geysers of blood, ripped off limbs and the like aside, this is a slight comedy, and McKay has the sense to get in, get gory, get his close-ups and get out of there before 93 minutes have passed. …
Roger Moore, Movie Nation
…lame vampire comedy… The film frustratingly shrouds Nicholas Cage’s manic intensity in thick blankets of winking irony. …
Jake Coyle, Slant Magazine