It’s hard to have a toxic relationship with your work. But just imagine if your boss was the actual “Dark One,” a.k.a “The Lord of Death,” a.k.a Dracula, himself? That would be really hard to process. But that’s exactly the fate that befalls poor Renfield in our latest cinematic Dracula retelling. This campy Dracula movie, aptly, titled Renfield, shifts the focus from dark lord to servant and puts Renfield, Dracula’s henchman, in the spotlight. But, of course, when Nicolas Cage is Dracula, the spotlight must be shared. Take a look at Renfield‘s first trailer below.
A release for Renfield, shared along with the trailer, offers more about this dark comedy. Its synopsis notes:
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.
Frankly, setting the Renfield trailer largely in the context of a support group is bloody genius. We love how Renfield’s problems are everyone’s problems, but on a much different scale. Vampires and henchmen, they’re just like us.
And, of course, we have to mention how incredible Nicolas Cage looks as Dracula in Renfield. He has transformed into just the kind of operatic vampire lord we hoped to see. This Dracula adaptation is shaping up to be like no other. But we feel it really captures the true campy, dramatic spirit of the vampire and his friends. All while hitting all the classic beats of the story in a whole new way. If the trailer for Renfield is any indication, we have a lot to look forward to.
Renfield releases in theaters on April 14.