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The Covenant (2006)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Fantasy, Horror  |  8 September 2006 (USA)
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Four young men who belong to a supernatural legacy are forced to battle a fifth power long thought to have died out. Another great force they must contend with is the jealousy and suspicion that threatens to tear them apart.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
William Danvers III
Christian Baril ...
Dead Teenage Boy
Basia Jasinski ...
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Ryan Bael


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Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


In 1692, five families with untold power formed a covenant of silence. One family lusting for more, was banished, their bloodline disappearing without a trace. Until now. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some disturbing images, sexual content, partial nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

8 September 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Covenan+  »

Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$8,852,485 (USA) (8 September 2006)


£181,365 (UK) (8 December 2006)

Company Credits

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Technical Specs


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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the movie there are 5 Brothers of Ipswich. The time when Caleb ascends on his birthday is 11:12 PM. 1+1+1+2 equals 5, maybe connecting to the fact that there are 5 Brothers. See more »


At the beginning of the "running errands" scene, a group of people walks down a sidewalk under an American flag that is hung backwards. The stars should be away from the building. See more »


[first lines]
Reid Garwin: What's up fellas?
Tyler Sims: Where were you? I stopped by to give you a lift.
Reid Garwin: Had things to do. How's the party?
Pogue Parry: Don't know. Just got here.
Reid Garwin: Well hell boys,
[eyes go black]
Reid Garwin: let's drop in.
[jumps off cliff]
Tyler Sims: Shit, yeah!
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Crazy Credits

The opening Production Company; Screen Gems Inc. shows the logo on fire See more »


Referenced in Breaking the Silence: Exposing the Covenant (2007) See more »


Desperate Hearts
Written and Performed by C'Mon
Courtesy of Maplemusic Recordings
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User Reviews

not as bad as expected
17 September 2006 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

Basic summary: Ipswitch used to be a community of witches and escaped the Salem witch hunts by forming a covenant of secrecy. The first born males descended from these families have supernatural powers, and must come to terms with the seductive, addictive nature of using those powers.

Well, I usually give movies the benefit of the doubt and start from a 5, going from there:

Production: -1 for very obvious audio out of sync, +1 for nicely done special effects, the darkling actually gave me chills, +0.5 for nice colorization (I like the dull blue), -0.5 for the stupid sound track, +0.5 for the opening sequence -- I'm a sucker for stylish compositing and flashy title design.

Story / Script: +1 for decent main idea, -0.5 for DBZ/Matrix/Street Fighter ripoff/pastiche, -1 for not explaining some plot threads very well (spiders, darkling), -1 for boring, predictable ending, -1 for gratuitous exposition, both as words on the screen and as bland monologuing

Acting / Characterization: -0.5 for bad bad acting, although it gets a little better as the film progresses, -1 for lack of character development, especially among all the females

Other: +1 for gratuitous male and female nudity, which is fun to watch, and +0.5 for no sex scenes, which for this genre are usually done very badly and end up being boring rather than hot, +1 for hitting its target audience, teenage sci-fi/horror/thriller fans, even though this movie is not exclusively any of those genres.

Conclusion: This is not a "film," this is a MOVIE. There's really nothing to analyze, it's just good, (relatively) clean fun. Lots of really attractive actors and actresses. Lots of boys fighting in the style of DBZ and Street Fighter. If you like cute actors and actresses, supernatural special effects, and/or mindlessly fun plots, this movie is for you. If you prefer Oscar-worthy, exquisitely-produced film masterpieces with tons of multi-layered, allegorical plot threads and groundbreaking visualization techniques, you probably won't like this film.

Using my twisted logic, this movie gets a 4/10.

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