The classic horror novel Dracula by Bram Stoker is one of the most famous and influential books in modern fiction. Published in 1897, it’s still wildly popular and has been adapted to film, television, and stage countless times.
Dracula is a gothic horror novel that tells the story of Jonathan Harker, a young lawyer sent to Transylvania to help Count Dracula purchase an estate in England. As soon as he arrives, Harker realizes that the seemingly kindly count is actually a vampire who intends to use the estate as a base for his evil activities. The storyline follows Harker and other characters such as Dr. Van Helsing, Lucy Westenra, and Mina Murray as they attempt to stop Dracula from achieving his goals. Along the way, themes of faith versus science, good versus evil, and superstition versus reason are explored throughout the novel.
Since its publication, Bram Stoker’s Dracula has had a tremendous influence on the horror genre. The character of Count Dracula has become a cultural icon, appearing in countless films and television shows. The novel’s themes have been explored in many other works, ranging from classic horror films like Frankenstein to modern TV shows such as Supernatural.
Now, Nicholas Cage is starring in “Renfield” and it hit theaters today. Let’s take a look at an overview of the most famous blood sucker of them all.
A Bit of Dracula History
Over the years, Dracula has been portrayed by many different actors in film adaptations. Bela Lugosi will forever be remembered for his iconic portrayal of the vampire count in 1931’s Dracula. He didn’t even know English at the time and in my opinion, it only added to the greatness of the film.
“Listen to them, the children of the night. What music they make” is about as creepy as you can get.
Since then, other actors have taken on the role and given their own take on Stoker’s character. Christopher Lee brought a brooding presence to the role in 1958’s Horror of Dracula and Frank Langella gave a seductive performance in 1979’s Dracula. This film was a huge success and earned Langella an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. More recently, Gary Oldman portrayed a sympathetic version of the character in 1992’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula and if you haven’t seen it, this weekend is a perfect time!
Nicholas Cage Grows His Fangs
Now, Nick Cage is set to take on the role of Count Dracula in an upcoming movie adaptation titled, “Renfield.” This one follows Bram Stoker’s classic novel in many ways but with some modern twists. Cage portrays an evil vampire Count from Transylvania who is determined to move to England in order to find new blood and spread the undead curse. Before he can do so, however, he has to confront a determined team of vampire hunters sent by the British government to stop him.
Nicholas Hoult (X-Men Days of Future Past, Mad Max) plays the role of Renfield and he’s a servant of Cage that helps him execute his plans to make the move to England and confront the good guys trying to thwart his evil plans.
Fans can expect Nick Cage’s portrayal of Dracula to be unlike anything seen before, as he is known for his unique and often zany style of acting. He may bring an edge of dark comedy or a hint of campy fun to the role, but he’s sure to do justice to the character’s original source material.
Overall, Nick Cage has some big shoes to fill when it comes to portraying Count Dracula – but if anyone can bring a fresh take on this iconic vampire, it’s him. Fans can expect a thrilling, suspenseful, and perhaps even comedic adaptation of Stoker’s classic novel and Renfield hit theaters today (April 14th)!
Once you see it, sound off in the comments and let us know what you think of the movie!