What is it about New Orleans and vampires? The setting for the first half of Interview With A Vampire, the rebooted Dracula 2000, and now the upcoming movie Renfield. It was also home to an intriguing real-life case.
On the corner of Saint Ann and Royal Street, a tourist might notice a strange, red building with wraparound balconies. In the 1930s, this was home to John and Wayne Carter. These two brothers were known in their community and were seemingly normal.
Until one day, a young girl escaped their apartment seemingly running for help, covered in blood. When the police investigated the apartment they found four people tied to chairs with their wrists slit, as well as dozens of dead bodies completely drained of their blood.
When the brothers returned to the apartment it took all eight police officers to hold them down and detain them, despite the brothers only being of average height and build.
The brothers were executed and buried in the family tomb. Years later, the vault was opened to receive the body of another family member. The workers handling the body were astonished to find no trace of them in the vault at all. The brothers had completely vanished.
Vampires returned to New Orleans this month as production started on Renfield. The first set photos have emerged of Nicolas Cage in costume as Dracula in the Universal Pictures movie.
The movie was originally conceived as a flat-out horror movie and a period piece. It now seems to have undergone one of those typical Hollywood development cycles whereby it changes beyond all reasonable recognition from the original idea into something more comical. People magazine has published the first photos from the set of the movie.
Nicholas Hoult stars as Renfield, the deranged acolyte of Dracula who has been his slave and punching bag for centuries. Now he is sick and tired of it as he finds a new lease on life, and maybe even redemption, when he falls for feisty traffic cop Rebecca Quincy (Awkwafina).
Ben Schwartz, Adrian Martinez, James Moses Black, Caroline Williams, Bess Rous, and Shohreh Aghdashloo co-star in Renfield which is helmed by The Tomorrow War director Chris McKay and written by Rick and Morty scribe Ryan Ridley.
Renfield opens in theaters on April 14th, 2023.