Dracula returns to the silver screen with Nicolas Cage under the cape and we introduce you to the original actor playing servant Renfield, Dwight Frye, confirm where you can currently watch the movie, and introduce you to the cast.
If you plan on continuing the horror genre after watching Renfield, we recommend giving Evil Dead Rise a go, when it releases this Friday, and we previously covered where to watch it.
Directed by Chris McKay and written by Ryan Ridley with an original concept by Robert Kirkman, the supernatural horror comedy, Renfield, follows the titular character who decides to rebel against his master, Dracula.
Meet Dwight Frye, the original Renfield
Before Nicholas Hoult became the Count’s servant, the role of Renfield was iconically portrayed by American actor, Dwight Frye.
After debuting in the industry as a pianist and later making a name for himself in comedies, Frye then debuted as Renfield in Tod Browning’s Dracula in 1931 starring Bela Lugosi, which set the actor on a path of playing villains.
After appearing in Dracula, Frye starred as the hunchbacked assistant, Fritz, in Frankenstein within the same year, and Wilmer Cook in Dashiell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon.
More horror movies that Frye conquered include 1933’s The Vampire Bat, The Invisible Man, and later, Bride of Frankenstein.
Frankenstein became a regular IP for Frye to visit, later taking on roles in The Ghost of Frankenstein in 1942, and Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man one year later. Frye also starred in 1939’s Son of Frankenstein, however, his role was removed before its release.
Frye’s career then came full circle during the early 40s, when he appeared in a stage version of Dracula by Hamilton Deane.
In 1943, Frye suddenly died of a heart attack at the age of 44 in Hollywood, shortly before he was due to begin filing the Woodrow Wilson biopic, Wilson.
Where to watch Renfield
Renfield is available to watch in theatres worldwide and that is the only place you can view the movie currently.
The horror will later be arriving on the streaming service, Peacock, since it is being distributed by Universal.
Renfield will honor a 45-day theatrical release, therefore, it is expected to arrive on the streaming platform around the end of May 2023.
Meet the Renfield cast
Nicolas Cage is trying his hand as the Lord of Death opposite The Menu’s Hoult as the iconic and titular servant to Dracula.
Awkwafina and Ben Schwartz are also on hand to supply a majority of the movie’s comical side, with Shohreh Aghdashloo playing the criminal Lobo family’s matriarch.
Below, we have included the main cast of Renfield:
- Nicolas Cage – Dracula
- Nicholas Hoult – R. M. Renfield
- Awkwafina – Rebecca Quincy
- Ben Schwartz – Teddy Lobo
- Shohreh Aghdashloo – Ella
- Adrian Martinez – Chris Marcos
- Brandon Scott Jones – Mark
- Jenna Kanell – Carol
- Bess Rous – Caitlyn
- James Moses Black – Captain J. Browning
- Caroline Williams – Vanessa
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Renfield is now in theatres worldwide.