As I’m With Geek’s resident Teen Wolf reviewer, as well as being a huge fan of Being Human, Ginger Snaps, An American Werewolf in London and the like, it’s fair to say I dig werewolves. Imagine my delight, then, when I discovered Blood and Chocolate. A werewolf movie filmed on location in some of Bucharest’s most beautiful spots, and starring Hugh Dancy? I was sold! Unfortunately, the result was not greater than the sum of its parts.
I feel it’s important to note that Blood and Chocolate certainly has its strengths. It’s a stunning film to look at, perfectly utilising its exquisite locations in every possible way and at every possible opportunity. Performances vary, but again, there are stand-outs. Bryan Dick, one of Britain’s best “hey, it’s that guy!” actors popping up in everything from Blackpool, to Ashes to Ashes to, yes, Being Human, is delicious in his role as Rafe. He is campy and over the top, sure, but he seems to be the only actor having fun amongst a cast clearly taking themselves too seriously. Aiden is underdeveloped as a character, but he is played by Hugh Dancy, so that’s always enjoyable.
The soundtrack isn’t great, either. Having not watched the film in a while, the only element that sticks in my head is that one scene uses a song by Hard-Fi. Even disregarding the fact that Hard-Fi were terrible back in the mid-2000s and have not aged well, it is a song that is completely irrelevant to the scene and distracting, probably only used because it was popular at the time. And that is one of the biggest problems with Blood and Chocolate. Rather than making full use of the location to make a beautiful and unique supernatural film, it squanders these gifts to try to make something “popular” and failing miserably. With only an 11% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, Blood and Chocolate just feels like a waste.