Wednesday, 29 February 2012

DVD review: Renfield the Undead (2010)

Renfield (Phil Nicols, he also wrote, produced, created the special effects and creatures for the film), the mad slave of the Count Dracula (John Stephens), is now himself an insane vampire stalking a modern day metropolis. Known as "The Bayou City Butcher", a serial killer, Renfield is relentlessly pursued by police detective Paul Cranston (Paul Damon). Renfield is also sought by Mina Harker (Roxy Cook), now a vampire, and her half vampire son Quincy (Tyler Tackett). Renfield the Undead is directed by Bob Willems, The acting is pretty bad and is some cases terrible, the only actor that is any good is John Stephens who portrays a very creepy Count Dracula. Renfield the Undead is decently shot and edited and the pacing is good.  There is a quite a bit of gore but nothing extreme, the special fx and vampire creatures created by Facades FX Makeup Lab & Creature Design are good. But viewers should beware that there is a large amount of green screen and really cheap CGI in the film, the computer-rendered sets which are used frequently are bad, really bad. Renfield the Undead is labeled horror by IMDB but in many parts it´s unintentionally crossing over into comedy
This review is based on the region 1 release from R Squared Films.
Rating: 1 out of 7.  The high points in Renfield the Undead are the vampire creature designs and John Stephens as Count Dracula but everything else is pretty terrible...


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