I’m not one for supernatural stories, but once in a while I surprise myself and click “play” on something I normally wouldn’t. One of the more recent titles to have this distinction is the 2007 film Blood and Chocolate, a mediocre film that’s still, somehow, entertaining.
Blood and Chocolate (2007) Film Review
When she was a small child, Vivian believed in magic. She was safe and loved, and had all she needed… until she doesn’t. In the aftermath of her family’s murder, Vivian is taken from America and sent to live with her aunt in Bucharest. There she grows up to be a nineteen-year-old with expectations. Part of an ancient pack of werewolves, Vivian (Agnes Buckner) is the only person in her family who goes against all that they do and tell her to do. She’s expected to be the latest wife of their leader, Gabriel (Oliver Martinez), a man unaccustomed to being defied.
Quite by accident Vivian meets Aiden (Hugh Dancy), a travelling artist currently calling Romania home while he researches his latest graphic novel. Unbeknownst to Aiden, Vivian has a secret that could be his undoing, even as Aiden himself is in a kind of hiding from something that scares him.
Tagged with the “horror” genre, this really isn’t that kind of film, but if you’re into a lighter supernatural film, it’s entertaining. Some of the production quality is subpar, and the way the story tries to humanize Vivian doesn’t really work, but if you separate this from something that’s supposed to (and does) entertain, then Blood and Chocolate is… fun.
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The cast is pretty solid here, though I cannot remember seeing Buckner in anything other than a guest spot. However I do like Hugh Dancy. Here he plays a similar but also different character being a bit “dangerous” in comparison to how we usually see him. He and Agnes have some nice scenes together. Though be be honest, while I, like anyone, want them to be together, I don’t really “feel” they have what it takes to be an OTP. I want them to be, but ultimately, their latter scenes together are full of distrust; or maybe the lead-up to their final moments is where the real problem is. Much as I want to say more, I’ll leave it there in the interest of being spoiler-free.
If this type of movie is something you enjoy during this time of year, Blood and Chocolate may be your cup of tea. The architecture of the setting is cool and I like the cast. Though the script isn’t the happiest, there’s plenty to enjoy if supernatural creatures are your “thing.” There’s romance and a kind of Romeo and Juliet base line, plus it’s just fun to see Hugh Dancy in something I hadn’t previously seen him in.
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You can find Blood and Chocolate (2007) digitally on Amazon Video (at publication, with Prime) or to buy/rent.
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Content: There’s profanity, and some violence [lots of physical fighting, some vampire deaths, we see characters covered in blood and injury; and some deaths]. People torture a woman mentally; she sways suggestively and touches her body in front of a man in a teasing manner; there’s some innuendo as well. The film is PG-13.