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Blood And Chocolate Review


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During the first chunk of the werewolf thriller Blood and Chocolate, I was intrigued with the notion that I was watching a more realistic, grounded version of Underworld. By the time the characters whipped out guns during the final stretch, I realized I was actually watching the low-budget version of Underworld, and, frankly, I'd rather be watching Underworld:Underworld: Evolution or Blade: Trinity or Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning. This is the type of movie that looks like it was set and filmed in Romania to save money, and then filmed on cheap sets anyway, to save even more money.

The movie is stealthy the way it begins by camouflaging those budgetary weaknesses. Like Underworld, it's about a supernatural society living beneath the surface of our own, governed by its own ancient rules (unlike the Underworld series, they can only afford werewolves, not vampires). Rather than wasting time with endless special-effects transformation scenes, the werepeople here just sort of leap and blur, hitting the ground as actual wolves -- not the steroidal, rubbery-looking CGI creatures of recent years. This is appropriate for a more human, character-driven horror fantasy, and Blood and Chocolate aspires to explore the line between animal and beast.

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Dungeons & Dragons: Wrath Of The Dragon God Review


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It almost defies belief and logic that they would make a sequel to the disastrous flop Dungeons & Dragons, best known for putting Thora Birch in golden chain mail. It may actually be an improvement, though it's still a low-budget affair with bad dialogue and ridiculous special effects. (God forgive me for complaining about the sets and CGI in Lord of the Rings.) Speaking of Rings, see if this sounds familiar: A band of heroes has to retrieve a magic item from an evil sorcerer who's ravaging the land. (OK, it's not exactly the same, but still...) Yes, there are both dungeons and dragons, but it's during the requisite underground adventure that the story actually really meantains your attention. Not horrible, but it's hardly going to revive this abortive series. (Whoa, and that title...)
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