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Renfield – Budget of $65 million – 1 hour and 33 minutes

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Real estate lawyer Robert Montague Renfield helped Count Dracula purchase a castle. Renfield hoped the deal will allow him to enter upper society and provide a better life for his family. However, he becomes Dracula’s familiar for centuries. Renfield drank Dracula’s blood to become immortal. While drinking humans makes Dracula stronger, Renfield draws his from bugs. Renfield brings Dracula food, and Dracula lets Renfield exist.

Renfield attends a Dependent Relationships Addiction Anonymous Group, a.k.a DRAAG, in present-day New Orleans. Members of the group are addicted to co-dependent relationships and use a 12-step program to find their voice and self-worth. Renfield never speaks during these meetings but helps the members by killing their abusive partners. After the group, Renfield follows an abusive boyfriend to his lair. He and his friends stole drugs from the most feared crime family in New Orleans, the Lobos. Renfield kills everyone inside as Teddy Lobo brings a hired assassin to get payback for the theft. Renfield beheads the hired gun, and Teddy flees the scene with kilos of drugs in his car. Teddy drives to a DUI checkpoint and sees Officer Rebecca Quincy working. Rebecca observes, stops, and arrests Teddy, but the charges don’t stick. Frustrated with her department’s unwillingness to help, Rebecca returns to the scene and finds a pen with a restaurant logo. She goes to the restaurant to see if Teddy is there committing a crime. 

Teddy’s mother, Bella, has grown tired of Teddy’s antics. She doesn’t believe he has what it takes to lead the family. She needs someone who can get their hands dirty. She was ruthless enough to kill Rebecca’s father while he was an officer. Bella wants to know if Teddy can do the same. She wants Teddy to kill Rebecca and demonstrate that he can run the Lobos. 

Renfield brings his latest kill to Dracula, who is still healing from an attack, but Dracula is unhappy. The blood isn’t innocent and pure. Dracula wants nuns, cheerleaders, or honeymooners to quench his thirst, not criminals. Dracula demands that Renfield brings him a better selection. Then Renfields sees Dracula’s plan for world domination. Dracula doesn’t want a world divided into good and evil. Instead, he wants followers and food. Renfield goes to his favorite restaurant and prays for relief as each of Dracula’s requests enters, including Rebecca. Renfield walks to the door to leave but sees Teddy and his henchman running toward the entrance with guns. Renfield hides with the other patrons, and Teddy puts a gun to Rebecca’s head. Teddy demands that Rebecca say, “You own me,” or he will kill her. Rebecca refuses and demands Teddy shoot her. Rebecca’s courage inspires Renfield. He eats a bug and helps Rebecca take down Teddy’s gang. Renfield runs to the group and begs for guidance. He wants to get out of a toxic relationship. The group helps Renfield discover that Dracula’s powers will diminish without him. Renfield needs to focus on himself. Dracula won’t let Renfield leave without a fight and will destroy everything Renfield cares about, including Rebecca, to make Renfield return and suffer.

Based on vampire lore, this movie is funny and gory. The movie’s core is surviving unhealthy relationships. Renfield has a demanding boss that wants Renfield to sacrifice life, limb, and freedom to succumb to his every whim. Renfield understands that Dracula wined and dined him with promises of a better life at the beginning of their relationship. Dracula reminds Renfield that Renfield is the source of his sadness and disappointment. Like most abusive relationships, Dracula retaliates when Renfield attempts to leave. He attacks Renfield’s self-esteem and friends. Outside the plot, this film has fun, bloody fight scenes. Renfield rips off a man’s arms and uses them to harpoon another man. Don’t be fooled. Rebecca doesn’t sit around screaming for help. She kills and fights her way out of situations. She doesn’t delight in the gore but doesn’t shy away. This new twist on a classic has something for everyone. This movie is for the M3GAN and Cocaine Bear fans.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

I’m gonna grow to full power – Renfield

I am your only salvation. I am your only friend. I am the only one you cares for you – Dracula

You were right. Success is the best revenge – Rebecca

It sounds like you should meet my mom – Teddy

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