So clotted with back story that the Romeo and Juliet
-style romance between a warrior vampire and a reluctant werewolf never has a chance to breathe, Len Wiseman's revisionist horror tale is all look and no bite. It unfolds in an alternate world in which vampires walk among us, armed to the teeth, and are locked in a 600-year war with the lycans. That's short for lycanthropes — werewolves — but has the misfortune to sound like "lichens," one of several indications that the screenplay was penned by writers who don't have much feel for language. They are steeped in recent horror lore, though, as evinced by liberal borrowings from THE HOWLING (1981), Anne Rice's <...