Blood & Chocolate (film)

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Blood & Chocolate
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Directed by Katja von Garnier
Produced by Wolfgang Esenwein
Hawk Koch
Gary Lucchesi
Tom Rosenberg
Richard S. Wright
Written by Ehren Kruger
Christopher B. Landon
Annette Curtis Klause
Starring Agnes Bruckner
Hugh Dancy
Olivier Martinez
Katja Riemann
Bryan Dick
Music by Reinhold Heil
Johnny Klimek
Cinematography Brendan Galvin
Edited by David Gamble
Emma E. Hickox
Lakeshore Entertainment
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date(s)
  • January 26, 2007 (2007-01-26)
Running time 98 minutes
Country United States
United Kingdom
Language English
Budget $15 million
Box office $6,311,117

Blood & Chocolate is a 2007 film directed by Katja von Garnier, produced by Lakeshore Entertainment and distributed by MGM. It is very loosely based on the young-adult novel of the same name by Annette Curtis Klause, which was adapted into a screenplay by Ehren Kruger. The movie was released on DVD on June 13, 2007 in the USA.


Vivian is a nineteen-year-old werewolf. She was born in Bucharest, Romania to American parents who then moved back to America. When Vivian was nine years old, her parents and siblings were killed by two hunters and she moved back to Bucharest to live with her aunt Astrid, then the mate of the pack's leader, Gabriel (Olivier Martinez). To Astrid's distress, Gabriel left her after seven years in accordance with pack law to choose a new mate. The culmination of another seven years is only a few months away and Gabriel wants the reluctant Vivian as his mate.



Since 1997, five directors were in talks to film Blood and Chocolate, namely Larry Williams and his wife Leslie Libman, Po-Chih Leong, Sanji Senaka and Rupert Wainwright, before Katja von Garnier finally signed in January 2005 to direct the film. The book was originally adapted into a script by Christopher Landon whose father Michael Landon had a leading role in the film I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957).[1]

Author Annette Curtis Klause was not kept up to date by the producers of the film. She had to find the information about the filming on the Web.[2]

Filming was set in Bucharest historic part of the city and at MediaPro Studios in Buftea. However, as many of the American movies based in Bucharest, the movie failed to be accurate in presenting the real places in city, for example the Piata Romana (Romana Square) is actually the Curtea Veche yard (Old Court, a destroyed old palace), or Biserica Silvestru (Silvestru Church, in downtown Bucharest) is actually a church in Stirbey Palace, Buftea, a few tens of kilometres west of Bucharest.


The movie was a box office bomb, taking in only $2.1 million in the United States on its opening weekend and dropping out of the top 20 grossing movies in only its second week of release. The film holds an 11% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with 8 out of 63 critics giving it an approving rating.[3]


Blood & Chocolate: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack was released on 23 January 2007 by Lakeshore Records.


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