Blood & Chocolate (film)
|Blood & Chocolate|
|Directed by||Katja von Garnier|
|Produced by||Wolfgang Esenwein
Richard S. Wright
|Written by||Ehren Kruger
Christopher B. Landon
Annette Curtis Klause
|Music by||Reinhold Heil
|Edited by||David Gamble
Emma E. Hickox
|Running time||98 minutes|
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.
- Agnes Bruckner as Vivian
- Hugh Dancy as Aiden
- Olivier Martinez as Gabriel
- Katja Riemann as Astrid
- Bryan Dick as Rafe
- Chris Geere as Ulf
- Tom Harper as Gregor
- John Kerr as Finn
- Jack Wilson as Willem
- Vitalie Ursu as Constani
- Bogdan Voda as Albu
- Kata Dobó as Beatrice
- Maria Dinulescu as Girl in Red
- Sandu Mihai Gruia as Pharmacist
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).
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.
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.
Blood & Chocolate: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack was released on 23 January 2007 by Lakeshore Records.
- "Blood and Chocolate at director's site (de icon)".
- "Interview with author Annette Curtis Klause".
- Blood and Chocolate. Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 02 July 2013
- Official website
- Blood & Chocolate at the Internet Movie Database
- Blood & Chocolate at AllMovie
- Blood & Chocolate at Filmaffinity
- Blood and Chocolate at katja-von-garnier.com