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Movie Review written by Jon Patch with 3.5 out of 4 Paws


Universal Pictures and Skybound Entertainment present an R rated, 93-minute, Horror, Fantasy, Comedy directed by Chris McKay, written by Ryan Ridley and Robert Kirkman with a theater release date of April 14, 2023.

Ok so I’m sure everyone reading this review knows who Dracula is! A blood-sucking murdering beast that hunts by night and sleeps in a coffin by day. In this case Dracula (Nicolas Cage) has taken on an assistant more so called a familiar, his name is Renfield (Nicholas Hoult), not a vampire but a human that gains super-strength by eating bugs. Unhappy with their current situation both men move to New Orleans and take up residence in an old shutdown asylum hospital. Too weak to go on his own hunts he expects for Renfield to bring him food to gain strength but things aren’t moving as planned.

Renfield actually became a local hero when he killed a bunch of tugs to save Officer Rebecca Quincy (Awkwafina) who was on a hunt for a killer and also food that night. Actually, the tugs and Tedward (Ben Schwartz) worked for Bellafrancesca Lobo (Shohreh Aghdashloo) the drug lord of New Orleans who owns most of the cops in town except for Rebecca and this cop is stirring up trouble. That night thankfully Rebecca ended up having some help from Renfield who happens to be trying to separate himself from Dracula and become a better person. He has even been going to group meetings to try and become less co-dependent.

When Dracula finds out he teams up with the Lobo queen of drugs to fight against Rebecca and put Renfield in his proper place but all things do not go as planned.

There is a lot of blood in this film along with dismemberments of human bodies. In my opinion the director should have cut back on some of the blood but I guess that helps to make the story a bit more campy and gore. For the most part the direction is done well and the writing more than well. The score was great and the wardrobes appropriate and thankfully the story stuck to the myths of Count Dracula. Top hats off to a well-done horror film with a touch of comedy in between along with some great fights and special effects.

Cage is amazing, I was actually shocked by how good he played Dracula and how good he pulls off the make-up. Hoult is more of the main character and is also superb playing a character torn between good and evil. I love Awkwafina and she is absolutely awesome in her fight to destroy evil and at one point save her sister Kate (Camille Chen). Aghdashloo, say that name three times, is a great supporting character with her character son, Schwartz, truly stealing his on screen moments. With a lot of supporting characters, a lot of bugs and some crazy bats this film is truly worth the ticket, popcorn and a soda.

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