In Blood and Chocolate…

the filmmakers actually used real live wolves instead of CGI effects.  And it works just fine.

A young woman, an American orphan descended from a long line of werewolves, is raised by her aunt in Bucharest, Romania– which I find of interest, of course, since some of my ancestors came from Romania, my great grandfather was named Loupu, or Wolf– anyway, she’s promised in marriage to the leader of the pack but she falls in love with an American artist visiting Bucharest where he’s working on a graphic novel about the Loup-Garou.

So think violent paranormal pop romance.  Didn’t get great ratings, however, it wasn’t half bad.  In fact, it was pretty darn decent.  Intelligent script.  Solid acting.  Appealing and/or despicable characters.  Filmed on location.  Real wolves.  The special effects- handling the change from human to wolf was beautifully done.

Because of the focus on story and character and relationships instead of CGI effects I actually enjoyed Blood and Chocolate far more than a lot of the recent paranormal romances that have been made into movies.

So, my minority report… Two Thumbs Up.

Blood and Chocolate, starring Agnes Bruckner, Oliver Martinez, Hugh Darcy, directed by Katja von Garnier, produced by the same  people who produced Underworld with Kate Beckinsale.

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16 Responses to In Blood and Chocolate…

  1. Katalina Leon says:

    This sounds really interesting.
    XXOO Kat

  2. las artes says:

    This is one fascinating movie.I bought it because it is something I want to watch again and again. The background where it was shot is stunning, and remains so through the entire movie. This director (Katja von Garnier) took a thin premise (as did the book) and made a masterpiece out of it. The acting is stellar, Vivian (Agnes Bruckner)is a constantly unraveling character. The pursuing love interest (Hugh Dancy) is terrific. The chemistry between them is explosive, yet you are expecting his character to just leave early in the movie and you don’t want him to. That creates suspense itself. The gang of wolves is led by Olivier Martinez very handsome and believable, and to top it off the out of control mischievous Rafe (Bryan Dick) is unpredictable and suprising; all four of these actors created a leading roll out of their rolls and they pulled it off. The special effects are believable and tastefully done. This movie is a european beauty in action, beautiful people, beautiful background, and suspense. The title killed the movie, nobody likes the combination of blood and chocolate, and the fact that Vivian works in a chocolate shop is insignificant. The book! , the book! so what, you can always say from the book as a byline in the beginning, the book fans usually, complain anyway. The write up didn’t help ‘the change from person to wolf has been well documented’ this sounds like some B movie premise.I don’t know who is naming movies and writing the by line, but there needs to be a changing of the guard. Recently there have been a rash of bad titles on good movies. In this case ‘Beautiful Evil’ ‘Wild Things’ any title other than Blood & Chocolate.

  3. Tom Stronach says:

    I liked Underworld, so I’ll watch out for this one.
    Has to be better than the second Ghost Rider which was appalling, truly appalling. the first one was so, so. But you think when doing a second they will improve, not a chance … Like an STD to be avoided at all costs

  4. Not graphic bloody violence, Steph, more sad violence. All appropriate given the circumstances.

  5. Oh Tom, the second Ghost Rider was horrible. I was surprised this movie, Blood and Chocolate, received such poor reviews. I have to think it’s because the story is more subtle and the special effects limited.

  6. It’s a short film, Kat. Actually surprisingly good. Definitely held my attention. And the protagonists are very smart, which is always a plus for me – no TSTL scenes.

  7. Sandra Cox says:

    Hmm, you’ve piqued my interest.

  8. Right up your alley, Sandra, but sort of a tragedy…

  9. This is one of my fave movies. I have seen it a few times and love it.

  10. Savannah – I’m so glad I’m not alone!

  11. Thanks for the comment, las artes. I agree.

  12. Steph, I hope you’ll be presently surprised.

  13. I came in on the middle of this movie on cable. I liked the atmosphere the filmmakers created–kinda more artsy than glitzy. My husband joined me shortly after and said, “Well, it’s a lot better than Twilight, anyway.”

  14. Marie, tell your husband I agree. It was kinda artsy. Very French-ish. I liked the scenery a lot and the wolves of course.