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The Covenant (2006)

Four young men who belong to a New England supernatural legacy are forced to battle a fifth power long thought to have died out. Meanwhile, jealousy and suspicion threaten to tear them apart.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Caleb Danvers
... Sarah Wenham
... Chase Collins
... Pogue Parry
... Tyler Simms
... Reid Garwin
... Kate Tunney
... Aaron Abbot
... Evelyn Danvers
... James Danvers
... Provost Higgins
Christian Baril ... Dead Teenage Boy
Basia Jasinski ... Waitress Nicky's Bar (as Barbara Basia-Jasinski)
Rob Burns ... Mr. Pennyworth
... Ryan Bael
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Four best friends, young warlocks of the same coven who all share a same secret: a magic powers, suddenly have to protect themselves from a stranger-another warlock just like them who has come to town to destroy their coven after a 300 years old hate...

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To save the future, they must battle their past. See more »


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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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8 September 2006 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,852,485, 10 September 2006, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$23,292,105, 15 October 2006

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$32,347,239, 18 December 2006
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Trivia

Caleb's last name is Danvers. Danvers is the name of a city in northeastern Massachusetts, only ten miles from Ipswich, where this movie is set. Danvers is also the modern name of "Salem Village," the real center of the so-called Salem witch hysteria of 1692-93, which also included Ipswich. See more »

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The tattoos on Sarah's back disappear and reappear throughout the course of the movie. See more »

Quotes

[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 a cliff]
Tyler Sims: Shit, yeah!
[...]
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The opening Production Company; Screen Gems Inc. shows the logo on fire See more »

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Referenced in The Reinactors (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

More Human Than Human
(Meet Bambi in the King's Harem Mix)
Written by Sean Yseult (as Shauna Reynolds), Jay Yuenger, Rob Zombie
Performed by White Zombie
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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not as bad as expected

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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