It was time once again for us to head to the theater so we could sink our teeth into the highly anticipated Nicolas Cage vehicle “Renfield”.
Every trailer for Renfield made a few things clear. The film was going to be silly, and it was going to be bloody. Very, very bloody. There are lots of great comedy-horror movies, but when the mix does not work, it makes for a bad viewing experience. We talk about how well it worked here and how it is closer to The Naked Gun than Nosferatu.
Another big part of the trailers was the support group that Renfield appears to be a part of. They played a more significant part than some may expect. Even more shocking, they showcase some of the best writing in Renfield. But was it a little too much or the perfect addition to an already silly movie?
Renfield does not shy away from violence and has what will end up being some of the bloodiest scenes of the year. It was like a midnight movie brought to mainstream audiences.
The film definitely knows its audience, not only ramping up the violence but giving little in the way of a backstory. It is easily one of the most refreshing decisions in cinema in recent years.
Of course, the most buzz will be around Cage. The internet’s favorite actor puts on another fantastic performance. We compare it to some of his other roles and gush about how Cage would be a mega star in any era.
Does he live up to expectations, or are we simply fanboying out?
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Every week AIPT Movie Editor Nathaniel Muir and his cinema partner in crime Blake Heath discuss indie and genre movies you have have never heard of, the ones you cannot hear enough about, and the ones you never want to hear about again.
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Adventures in Movies! is hosted by Nathaniel and Blake. You can find Nathaniel on Instagram at nathaninpoortaste. Blake can be found on Twitter @foureyedhorror and on Instagram at foureyedhorror. You can reach us personally or on Twitter @AdventuresinMo1.
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