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Review: Blood and Chocolate

Jan. 30, 2007by: Serena Whitney

ARROW INTRO: Blood and Chocolate was based off a book, I didn't read the book but our resident columnist SERENA WHITNEY did. Blood and Chocolate looked like a syrupy chick flick, I'm not a chick, SERENA WHITNEY is. So here's Lady Serena's review of Blood and Chocolate.
 

BLOOD AND CHOCOLATE
 

Director: Katja Von Garnier

Starring: Agnes Bruckner (Vivian), Oliver Martinez (Gabriel), Hugh Dancy (Aidan)

 

In Romania, nineteen-year-old Vivian has been living with the secret that she is a werewolf.  When she meets and falls for graphic novel artist named Aidan, she threatens to expose her secret as well as her familys, causing her kin to hunt down the man shes in love with. Lack of howling and tons of yawning ensues.

 

Ladies and gentlemen, Cursed is officially not the worst werewolf movie ever made.  After reading the best selling novel, I was very interested in watching a movie about a young woman dealing with her first feelings of sexual teenage lust and bloodlust as a werewolf. Unfortunately, the movie does not follow the premise (or entire story for that matter) that made the novel a huge hit.  Instead, the audiences are treated to a low budget Underworld rip-off that has no bite whatsoever.

 

 

First of all, if you are a big fan of the werewolf genre, prepare to be deeply disappointed.  For me, when I think of a werewolf, I think of a creature that is half man/ half wolf.  In this movie, the pack does not change into these creatures.  They simply turn into regular wolves. (LAME!)  I then realized how low the budget of this film was during the obligatory transformation scenes.  If youre expecting something of Rick Baker caliber, forget it. 

 

Instead, we get a bunch of people leaping in the air, bursting into a bright light, and magically turning into wolves (in the middle of the day mind you) as if they were He-Man or a f*cking mighty morphing Power Ranger. (Where is the full moon and where did their clothes go?) Also, Blood and Chocolate is a very misleading title for this film, for there is hardly any blood shown on screen. Thanks to the oh so loved PG-13 rating, the very few kills we get, all take place off screen, with only a few glimpses of the aftermath.

 

 

Blood and Chocolate focuses more on the characters and the love story instead of the horror. This was the biggest negative element of this film, because besides the great eye candy, the characters were all one note and dull, and made me wish that a werewolf hunter with a gun full of silver bullets, (the only werewolf myth the film stays true to) would miraculously appear on screen and put all these werewolves down. 

 

The supposed love story between Vivian and Aidan is so forced and unbelievable.  They have absolutely no chemistry whatsoever, making their very bloated storyline very painful to watch at times.  (Especially the cheesy falling in love musical montage. BRUTAL!)  Although, the girls do get a few shirtless men and the smoldering looks of Oliver Martinez to keep them mildly entertained, the men unfortunately get jipped in this department and get no glimpses of T&A. (Gotta love that PG-13 rating, eh?)

 

 

You know a movie is bad, when your friends leave you in the theatre to go watch The Hitcher remake.  I couldnt even blame my friends for leaving because this movie makes An American Werewolf in Paris look like An American Werewolf in London. Seriously, if you gave these wolves some hurdles and batons, youd have a film about relay racing wolves, because all they f*cking did was jump and run for the entire film.

Like my ex boyfriend, Blood and Chocolate is a lame, cheap, and a forgettable poseur that was a complete and utter waste of my time.  If you want to go see a decent werewolf film, go to your local video store and rent The Howling instead.

 

RATING 1 on 4

Source: AITH

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12:55PM on 01/31/2007
Ok, honestly, I don't see what is wrong if werewolves were to turn into actual wolves. So what if it is not the typical mold there. Big deal. I think that's kind of a dumb standard to take a film down a peg by.

However, I will give you this movie adapation looked pretty crappy and it has lived up to that from what I hear from many people. Hell, it didn't even make the top 10 at the box office. You know that's the sign of a floater.
Ok, honestly, I don't see what is wrong if werewolves were to turn into actual wolves. So what if it is not the typical mold there. Big deal. I think that's kind of a dumb standard to take a film down a peg by.

However, I will give you this movie adapation looked pretty crappy and it has lived up to that from what I hear from many people. Hell, it didn't even make the top 10 at the box office. You know that's the sign of a floater.
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