Evil doesn’t span eternity without a little help. At least that’s what the tag reads for Universal’s “Renfield.” Directed by Chris McKay (“The Tomorrow War,” “The LEGO Batman Movie”) from a screenplay by Ryan Ridley (“Ghosted” series, “Rick & Morty” series), based on an original idea by “The Walking Dead” and “Invincible” creator Robert Kirkman, the film is a modern-day tale about toxic relationships, but with a twist. It’s centered on Renfield (Nicholas Hoult), Dracula’s mistreated loyal servant who has to procure victims for Dracula to feast on. Tired of living a life where he’s unappreciated, Reinfield wants to see if there is more to life than just bringing his lord victims.
“Renfield” clearly blends horror and comedy together, with Cage’s performance making the entire thing campy. It’s a fun spin on the character that we all know and love, and one that likens to films and TV shows like “What We Do In Shadows.”
The film co-stars Awkwafina (“The Farewell,” “Shang-Chi and the Legend of Ten Rings”), Ben Schwartz (“Sonic,” “The Afterparty”) and Adrian Martinez (“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” “Focus”).
Renfield is produced by Skybound Entertainment partners Robert Kirkman and David Alpert (“The Walking Dead,” “Invincible”), co-presidents Bryan Furst (“Daybreakers”) and Sean Furst (“Daybreakers”) and by Chris McKay. McKay’s producing partner Samantha Nisenboim (co-producer, “The Tomorrow War”) will executive produce.
“Renfield” arrives in theaters on April 14, 2023.
Here’s the official plot synopsis for “Renfield:”
In this modern monster tale of Dracula’s loyal servant, Nicholas Hoult (Mad Max: Fury Road, X-Men franchise) stars as Renfield, the tortured aide to history’s most narcissistic boss, Dracula (Oscar® winner Nicolas Cage). Renfield is forced to procure his master’s prey and do his every bidding, no matter how debased. But now, after centuries of servitude, Renfield is ready to see if there’s a life outside the shadow of The Prince of Darkness. If only he can figure out how to end his codependency.