REVIEW: Renfield Doesn’t Pull Its Punches
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By SAM STONE
There’s something about vampires that makes them the perfect sub-genre for horror comedies, evidenced by classics like Fright Night, The Lost Boys, and What We Do in the Shadows. The new vampire comedy Renfield is the latest to sink its fangs into this genre, leaning into self-aware humor and gory slapstick that will leave people chuckling as they wince at the cinematic carnage on display. Certainly not for the faint of heart, Renfield is elevated by the performances of its main cast, surprisingly long and tightly constructed action set pieces, and well-written humor.
Spiritually using 1931’s Dracula, starring Bela Lugosi, as the basis for its core premise, R.M. Renfield has been serving the vampiric count as his human familiar for decades. In exchange for his service, Dracula allows Renfield to drink some of his blood which gives him superhuman abilities that are triggered whenever he consumes bugs. As Renfield and Dracula make their new home in modern-day New Orleans, Renfield’s chance encounter with a local police officer and the mob will alter the master and servant’s dynamic forever…
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