Nicolas Cage Opens Up About Upcoming Horror Film

by Michael Freeman

Nicolas Cage’s acting career is both prestigious and wide-ranging. He’s been in action films, thrillers, movies so bad they’re good, and movies so bad they’re just bad. His next film takes place in the horror genre and he recently sat down to talk about it.

Appearing on Variety’s Awards Circuit Podcast, Nicolas Cage talked about his upcoming horror film role. Playing Dracula in Renfield, Cage admits he’s a longtime fan of Bram Stoker’s classic novel. Playing the most popular vampire of all time is a big role, so he wanted to make sure he did his homework. Watching movies like his uncle’s version of Dracula, he still wasn’t quite sure how to approach the iconic character.

“I was like, ‘What can I bring that will be different?’ Because I want it to pop in a unique way,” Cage explained. “We’ve seen it played well, we’ve seen it played not so well, so what can we do? And I’m thinking to really focus on the movement of the character. You know, I saw Malignant and I thought what she did with those moves — and even Ringu with Sadako [Yamamura], I want to look at what we can explore with his movement and voice.”

Though neither of the movies he mentioned are vampire movies, they helped him craft his own Dracula and it sounds like comedy may be thrown in.

“But for me, what makes it super fun is that it’s a comedy,” Cage stated. “And when you get that tone right, comedy and horror, like American Werewolf in London, it’s a blast. You gotta get it right, it’s gotta be a bullseye, but that’s what I’m looking for; something new to bring to the character and also that perfect tone of comedy and horror.”

Nicolas Cage Swears His Horse in a New Film was Trying to Kill Him

Dracula is a character that’s easy to slot into the horror genre, but Nicolas Cage’s horse in another film may fit the bill too. During a roundtable interview, Cage swore his horse repeatedly tried to kill him.

Taking a spot on The Hollywood Reporter’s Actor Roundtable, Cage joined fellow actors Andrew Garfield, Jonathan Majors, Simon Rex, and Peter Dinklage. When Majors mentioned his horse at one point, Cage bitterly brought up his horse in the film Butcher’s Crossing. Previously having only good experiences with animals, the horse in question, Rain Man, changed his perception radically.

“I was in Blackfoot Country,” Cage began. “Rain Man kept trying to knock me off and would try to run my head into roofs, and then I’d get off and try to be nice to him, and he would headbutt me. It was not fun. I’ve always had good experiences with animals. I always had great experiences with horses, but Rain Man wanted to kill me.”