Renfield: filming concluded, new photo from the set and advances on the horror comedy with Nicolas Cage

Nicolas Cage 33 years after Vampire Stress is back in the role of a vampire, but this time the actor with the horror comedy Renfield fulfills a dream he has been chasing since the beginning of his career, to play Dracula. Hitting theaters on April 14, 2023, the film will focus on the notoriously insect-hungry servant of the iconic Carpathian vampire, who will be played by the talented Nicholas HoultBritish actor known for his role as Hank McCoy / Beast in the X-Men films who recently played Tolkien in the biopic of the same name and was in contention, head to head, with Robert Pattinson for the role of Bruce Wayne in the recent The Batman.

Plot and cast

The film is described as an adventure about the iconic Dracula (Nicolas Cage) with a comedic tone, set in the modern world and told from the point of view of the mad servant Reinfield (Nicholas Hoult) who decides to quit his job after finding the love.

“Reinfield” cast also includes Awkwafina, Ben Schwartz, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Caroline Williams, Adrian Martinez, Jenna Kanell, Bess Rous, Sarah Durn, Joshua Mikel, Derek Russo, Christopher Matthew, James Moses Black, Lacey Dover, Krystal Tomlin, TC Matherne, Kyler Porche, Mike Harkins, Danya LaBelle.

Curiosity

  • “Reinfield” is directed by Chris McKay (LEGO Batman Movie, War of Tomorrow) who directs from the screenplay by The Walking Dead’s Robert Kirkman and Ryan Ridley (Rick & Morty, Community).
  • While promoting The Last of the Templars (2011), Nicolas Cage said his love for Christopher Lee is why he makes horror films, Lee is considered one of the best actors to have played Dracula on screen.
  • Even with a long history of turning down big movies that didn’t focus on his character, Nicolas Cage agreed to play Dracula because it was his lifelong dream and he loved comedic parts in the script.
  • Nicolas Cage has been involved in a couple of Dracula movies that weren’t made, Dracula is one of three characters Nicolas Cage has tried to play since he started his career, the other two being Captain Nemo and Superman. In 2018 Cage stated that he is too old for Superman and people already know about the unmade film with Tim Burton and therefore he was focusing more on Captain Nemo and Dracula.
  • Nicholas Hoult who plays Renfield played Nicolas Cage’s son in The Weather Man – The forecast man (2005). Hoult has pointed to Cage as an inspiration for several of her roles.
  • Nicolas Cage started producing mainly to achieve The Shadow of the Vampire (2000) which was his producing debut.
  • Nicolas Cage’s uncle, Francis Ford Coppola, directed Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992), the studio wanted Cage and not Keanu Reeves in the role of Jonathan Harker, but Coppola did not want to work with his nephew due to Cage’s habit of not following the director’s directives, particularly their bad experience on the set from Peggy Sue got married (1986).
  • Nicolas Cage has been “accused” of being a vampire due to pictures of different ages with people who look like him.
  • Nicolas Cage is often compared to Klaus Kinski, the legendary German actor who played Dracula in Nosferatu, the prince of the night (1979).
  • “Renfield” marks Nicolas Cage’s first film with a major studio since he starred in Ghost Rider – Spirit of vengeance (2011).
  • In the first week of shooting in New Orleans, over 20 cars were broken into on set with police officers failing to respond in time and security guards fleeing. It was a terrifying experience for the crew members who were also tied up with ropes.
  • Nicolas Cage was inspired by Nosferatu for another horror comedy, Vampire stress (1988).
  • Nicolas Cage owns several castles and lives in one of them just like Dracula.
  • Nicolas Cage lived in a haunted castle for a year to write a horror script and once he finished his laptop broke.
  • According to Idris Alba, Nicolas Cage owns a haunted castle in Romania where he stayed while filming “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance”.
  • Director Dexter Fletcher left the film to complete The Sainta reboot of the 90s film starring Val Kilmer.
  • Shohreh Aghdashloo and Bess Rous have appeared in the Ghostbusters films with Aghdashloo voicing Gozer in Ghostbusters: Legacy while Rous played Gertrude Aldridge’s Ghost in Paul Feig’s reboot.

New set photo posted on April 14, 2022

Principal photography on #Renfield has officially wrapped! ?? Just….*checks calendar* 365 days before it hits the big screen!

The Renfield of Stoker’s novel

RM Renfield, aetat 59. Sanguine temperament, great physical strength, morbidly excitable, periods of darkness, ending in some fixed idea which I cannot understand. I assume the very sanguine temper and uncanny influence ends in a mentally accomplished ending, a possibly dangerous man, possibly dangerous if selfless. In selfish men, prudence is as sure an armor for their enemies as for themselves. What I think about this point is that when the self is the fixed point the centripetal force is balanced with the centrifugal. When duty, a cause, etc. is the fixed point, the latter force is paramount, and only the accident or a series of accidents can balance it. — From the journal of Dr. John Seward

  • The Renfield character influenced the study of real-life behavior in psychiatric patients suffering from an obsession with drinking blood. The term Renfield syndrome was coined by psychologist Richard Noll in 1992, originally as a joke term, to describe clinical vampirism. Consequently, there is also a “vampire personality disorder” (VPD); a diagnosis of clinical vampirism, used for the behavioral profiling of bloodlust-driven serial killers and for patients who enact violent vampiric fantasies,[6] although this diagnosis is not recognized by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). The effects of Renfield syndrome follow the pathology of the character in the novel consisting of several phases. Initially the patient presents with zoophagia, a compulsion to eat insects, or to eat live animals or drink their blood. As the condition worsens, the behavior becomes increasingly deviant, culminating in a compulsion to drink another person’s blood in an act described as true vampirism, including intentionally harming another individual for that purpose: the same behavior which Renfield is seen performing in the novel.

The original novel

“Listen to them, children of the night! This is their music!” “The beginning is enough: with this Jonathan Harker, solicitor in Exeter, who arrives in Transylvania, and immediately finds himself enveloped in an atmosphere of mystery and incantations, until at night, among distant wolves howling and horses with fiery nostrils, he arrives in a castle where a gentleman dressed in black, with eyes that are too red and teeth that are too white… and that’s it! Impossible to get out of that climate, impossible to ease the tension, and not follow the fate of those characters with anxious participation. Because, for better or worse, this dandy with a gloomy figure attracts us and frightens us at the same time (like everything that is sinful or that makes us fat); why Mina becomes the object of all our worries; because we espouse Professor Van Helsing’s indefatigable faith in the unknowable and in the mystery, and his incorruptible crusade against the evil one; because the skirmish between Dracula who plans his return home and the others who reveal his moves one by one ends up enthralling us and involving us as for a game of chess; up to the sensational finale, when the three different patrols of the ‘hunters’ converge, with a rhythm that almost recalls the strait of an organ fugue or “ours are coming” from the best western films, to bar the Vampire’s way towards the castle of the its safety.” (from the Preface by Luigi Lunari).

Bram Stoker’s novel “Dracula” is available at Amazon.

Renfield in film and TV

  • In the various film adaptations the cause of Renfield’s madness is attributed to a meeting with Dracula, preceding that of Jonathan Harker, while in the novel he is already mad when he meets Count Dracula.
  • In the movie Dracula (1931) by Tod Browning, Renfield shows up at the castle in Transylvania as a real estate agent, but will soon be enslaved by Count Dracula, played by Bela Lugosi, who will take him with her to England and, there, reduced to madness, will end up in an asylum.
  • In Count Dracula (1970) by Jesús Franco, Klaus Kinski plays a practically mute Renfield.
  • In the movie Bram Stoker’s Dracula by Coppola, Mr. RN Renfield (Tom Waits) is a solicitor of the Hawkins firm (where Keanu Reeves’ Jonathan Harker also works) who becomes mentally ill after his trip to Transylvania, in order to mediate the purchase of a estate in London by the earl. He is obsessed with a sort of bloodlust and therefore locked up in the Carfax Abbey asylum. In his cell, he feeds on any life form he can come across (mostly insects), which he believes give him life force.
  • Reinfield has also been wonderfully parodied in Dracula dead and happy (1995) by Mel Brooks, comedy in which the late Leslie Nielsen in the role of Dracula finds himself an awkward and clumsy servant played by a hilarious Peter MacNicol, American actor known for his role as Dr. Janosz Poha in Ghostbusters II.

Nosferatu the Vampire (1922): Alexander Granach
Dracula (1931): Dwight Frye
Dracula (1931): Pablo Álvarez Rubio
Count Dracula (1969): Klaus Kinski
Dracula (1979): Tony Haygarth
Nosferatu, prince of the night (1979): Roland Topor
Love at first bite (1979): Art Johnson
Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992): Tom Waits
Nadja (1994): Carl Geary
Dracula dead and happy (1995): Peter MacNicol
The Curse of Dracula (2002) – Brett Forest (TV series)
Dracula (2005): Manoj (TV series)
Young Dracula – Young Dracula (2006) – Simon Ludders (TV series)
Dracula 3D (2012): Giovanni Franzoni
Dracula reborn – Dracula Reborn (2012): Ian Pfister
Dracula (2013): Nonso Anozie (TV series)
Penny Dreadful (2016): Samuel Barnett (TV series)
monster family (2017): Martin Short / Ambrogio Colombo (voice)
Dracula (2020): Mark Gatiss (TV series)

Renfield: filming concluded, new photo from the set and advances on the horror comedy with Nicolas Cage