Universal Pictures has found a way to reboot one of its crown jewels and bring the classic monster franchise back to theatrical life. In “Renfield,” the focus is on the long-suffering henchman Renfield, played by Nicholas Hoult, rather than Dracula himself, whose supporting role is played by Nicolas Cage. This dark comedy is perfectly in tune with today’s horror audiences—and where it really succeeds is with Hoult’s likable and worn-down Renfield, a man who has had enough of his demanding boss and is searching to find his own worth. The scenes with Awkwafina’s Rebecca, a New Orleans cop, and the group of people in toxic relationships are deliciously witty and provide a nice anchor to all the mayhem. Though the filmmakers could have lost some of the relentless bloodletting, “Renfield” is still a lot of fun thanks to the solid performances, especially by Hoult and Cage.
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