Blood & Chocolate (film)

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Blood & Chocolate
Theatrical release poster
Directed byKatja von Garnier
Written by
Based onBlood and Chocolate
by Annette Curtis Klause
Produced by
CinematographyBrendan Galvin
Edited by
Music by
Distributed by
Release dates
  • January 26, 2007 (2007-01-26) (US)
  • February 9, 2007 (2007-02-09) (UK)
  • November 11, 2007 (2007-11-11) (Germany)
Running time
98 minutes[2]
  • United States
  • Germany
  • Romania
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • German
  • Romanian
Budget$15 million
Box office$6.3 million[1]

Blood & Chocolate is a 2007 fantasy-horror film directed by Katja von Garnier. It was written by Ehren Kruger and Christopher B. Landon and is loosely inspired by Annette Curtis Klause's 1997 young adult novel of the same name.

An international co-production between the United States, Germany, Romania, and the United Kingdom, Blood & Chocolate was both a commercial[3] and critical failure.[4]


19-year-old werewolf Vivian was born in Bucharest to Romanian parents who emigrated to America. Her parents and two siblings were murdered when she was nine.

Orphaned, she lives in Bucharest with her aunt Astrid who owns a chocolate store. Astrid is the former mate of the werewolf pack leader Gabriel who, in accordance with pack law, leaves her after seven years for a new mate. Once in a while he returns to sleep with Astrid, who remains painfully in love with him. Vivian is disgusted but Gabriel wants her as his mate, believing her to be the prophesied woman to bring about a "new age of hope" for the pack.

Vivian begins a romantic relationship with graphic novelist Aiden who is researching werewolves. Aiden has fled America where he is wanted for assaulting his father. Vivian does not reveal that she is a werewolf.

Their romance is monitored by Gabriel's son Rafe and his friends Ulf, Gregor, Finn, and Willem, together known as the "Five". Rafe is angry with Gabriel for leaving his mother, Astrid, and with Vivian due to Gabriel's intentions towards her. Seeing a drawing Aiden has done of Vivian calling her "Wolf Girl", he tells Rafe she may be a danger to the pack. Gabriel tells Rafe to make Aiden leave the city or he will die.

In an abandoned church Rafe fails to scare Aiden away and attacks him. He changes into a wolf and, attempting to bite Aiden, he bites into Aiden's silver pendant and quickly backs off. Aiden, realizing the werewolf myths are real, charges at Rafe holding the silver pendant and both fall from the balcony to the church floor. Regaining consciousness, Aiden sees Rafe dying in human form, with the silver pendant stuck in his neck. Grabbing his pendant, Aiden leaves the church.

Aiden confronts Vivian, daring her to hold the silver pendant. He tells her he killed Rafe and berates her for not confiding the truth and exposing him to danger. The Five discover Rafe's body in the church and take him to Gabriel, who breaks the news to Astrid while Vivian watches. Aiden is captured trying to leave the city.

In the forest Gabriel presents Aiden to the pack as their prey, telling Aiden he will be free if he makes it to the river at the edge of the forest. Vivian escapes her confinement and runs into the forest as a wolf to save Aiden. Aiden makes it to the river. Gabriel attempts to follow to kill him anyway but Vivian fights Gabriel, who falls into the river. Not recognizing Vivian in wolf form, Aiden stabs her with a silver knife. Vivian starts to bleed, slowly morphing back to human form. She needs an antidote to silver poisoning quickly or she will die.

Vivian takes Aiden to an abandoned film company building, telling Aiden the residual silver from the film guarantees no one will look for them there. She tells him of her guilt that her family was killed by hunters who followed her wolf tracks to their cabin. Aiden says she can control the wolf. Astrid arrives with a gun to kill Aiden; Vivian pleads with her, saying she should understand what it's like to lose a soulmate. Astrid relents and gives Vivian the gun. Vivian tells Astrid they will get the antidote from the pharmacist and then leave the city.

The pharmacist gives Vivian the antidote but also alerts Gabriel. Vivian tells Aiden to save himself and is captured by the pack. Aiden forces the pharmacist at gun point to give him all of his antidotes, silver dust, and silver bullets. He rescues Vivian, who kills Gabriel and helps the Five escape the now burning building, telling them "may you know the new age of hope when you see it".

They take Gabriel's car out of the city towards Paris, passing other werewolves who stop along the side of the road and bare their necks in respect, which identifies Vivian (and Aiden) as the new Alpha pair for the pack.



Beginning in 1997, a series of five directors entered into talks to direct Blood & Chocolate before Katja von Garnier finally decided to work on the film in January 2005. Larry Williams and his wife, Leslie Libman, Po-Chih Leong, Sanji Senaka, and Rupert Wainwright were all considered. Throughout these talks, Blood and Chocolate author, Annette Curtis Klause, was not kept up-to-date by the film's producers. Rather, she obtained information about film's progression from online sources.[5]

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).[6]

Principal photography was set in the historic section of Bucharest and at MediaPro Studios in Buftea. However, the film failed to accurately represent the city of Bucharest. For example, the film's Piata Romana (Romana Square) is actually the Curtea Veche yard (Old Court), and the film's Biserica Silvestru (Silvestru Church, located in downtown Bucharest) is actually a church in Stirbey Palace, Buftea, which is located tens of kilometers west of Bucharest.


The film's score was composed by Reinhold Heil and Johnny Klimek. The soundtrack consists of 15 songs, none of which are featured in the film.

Songs featured in the film
  1. "Garab" - Rachid Taha
  2. "Let Yourself Go Wild" - Jasmin Tabatabai
  3. "Velvet Hills" - Katja Riemann
  4. "You Know the Truth" - Aurah
  5. "Cash Machine" - Hard-Fi
  6. "Amor Fati" - Aurah
  7. "Silence Summons You" - The Sofa Club
  8. "Eu Te Iubesc Prea Mult" - Nicolae Guta
  9. "Stand My Ground" - Within Temptation


Box office[edit]

Blood & Chocolate opened on January 26, 2007 in 1,200 theaters. The film earned $2,074,300 during its opening weekend, ranking sixteenth at the domestic box office.[7] By the end of its run, a little over two months later, the film had grossed $3,526,847 domestically and $2,784,270 overseas for a worldwide total of $6,311,117.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Blood & Chocolate was panned by critics. On review-aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an 11% rating based on 74 reviews, with a weighted average of 3.6/10. The site's Critics Consensus reads: "Cheap CG effects and laughable dialogue make Blood and Chocolate worse than the usual werewolf flick".[8] On Metacritic, it has a 33 out of 100 rating from 16 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[9]

The New York Times critic Jeannette Catsoulis gave a negative review, saying the film is "uninvolving and cliché-ridden (even shape-shifters, it seems, deserve a falling-in-love montage), Blood & Chocolate is Romeo and Juliet with fewer manners and more exotic dentition. Cribbing shamelessly from Joel Schumacher's 1987 vampire classic, The Lost Boys, the director, Katja von Garnier, perches her pack on roofs and in rafters—an aerial lifestyle that works for bats but seems a bit of a stretch for wolves."[10]


  1. ^ a b c "Blood and Chocolate (2007)". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. March 30, 2007. Retrieved April 8, 2015.
  2. ^ "BLOOD AND CHOCOLATE (12A)". British Board of Film Classification. January 30, 2007. Retrieved April 8, 2015.
  3. ^ "Blood and Chocolate (2007)". Rotten Tomatoes. January 26, 2007. Retrieved December 23, 2019.
  4. ^ Catsoulis, Jeannette (January 27, 2007). "Blood & Chocolate - Film - Review". The New York Times. Retrieved December 23, 2019.
  5. ^ "Interview with author Annette Curtis Klause". Archived from the original on July 8, 2011. Retrieved October 3, 2006.
  6. ^ "Blood and Chocolate at director's site (de icon)".
  7. ^ "Weekend Box Office Results for January 26–28, 2007". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. January 29, 2007. Retrieved April 8, 2015.
  8. ^ "Blood & Chocolate". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. January 26, 2007. Retrieved July 9, 2019.
  9. ^ "Blood and Chocolate". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved April 8, 2015.
  10. ^ Catsoulis, Jeannette (January 27, 2007). "Yes, She Has a Sweet Tooth, but She's a Major Carnivore". The New York Times. Retrieved June 13, 2018.

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