Ehren Kruger is responsible for writing one of my favorite films that no one ever thinks about, the high tension thriller Arlington Road. Since then, he's gone on to write Scream 3, a notable downgrade compared to the previous two films, Reindeer Games, a complete disaster, Imposter, also a disaster, and The Brothers Grimm, which, shockingly, was another disaster. Okay, so he wrote The Ring, which for good or for bad kick started the turn-recent-Japanese-horror-films-into-American-carbon-copies trend, but he also wrote the absolutely God-awful The Ring Two. Basically, my point is that with a few small exceptions, Mr. Kruger hasn't written very many good movies.
And Blood and Chocolate is no different. It's not that the movie doesn't have its moments; it's just that the movie plays out like a CW version of Underworld, taking the story of werewolves, placing a teen romance on top of it and hoping that something scary or exciting emerges in the process. Considering that director Katja von Garnier has done nothing notable in the United States, that was clearly wishful thinking.
Blood and Chocolate just isn't a very interesting movie. It is about a young American (Hugh Dancy) who falls in love with a teenage girl (Agnes Bruckner) who just happens to be a werewolf. Yes, if teen love isn't difficult enough, the fact that she is a werewolf and expected to romance her own kind is a bit problematic, especially when you have the ruthless werewolf leader Gabriel (could you possibly think of a more unoriginal name?), played by Oliver Martinez, wanting to inflict some major pain.
Usually, I give the benefit of the doubt to the concept and say that it could have worked if done right, but the concept is just plain stupid. Not as stupid as the title, but still stupid. The movie just unravels from there.
That being said, the acting is halfway decent, especially by Bruckner, and the movie does offer a few decent action scenes. Nevertheless, it isn't even remotely scary or gory, and I'm pretty sure Blood and Chocolate was still intended to be a horror movie...
Blood and Chocolate isn't a complete disaster, but it really has nothing going for it. You can find plenty of better horror movies out there.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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