Cinema Royale: Talking ‘The Pope’s Exorcist’ And ‘Renfield’, Why One Failed And The Other Is Getting A Sequel

After a couple of weeks away, I wanted to get Cinema Royale back on track talking about two recent horror movies, one that failed and one that didn’t. The first is The Pope’s Exorcist, starring Russell Crowe. The other is Renfield, featuring Nicolas Cage as Dracula. Both movies are attempting to do the same thing, ultimately, which is launch franchises. But one was successful and is getting a sequel, while the other has tanked at the box office. The question is why?

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Travis Hopson
Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.