The Covenant

The Covenant

Renny Harlin (2006)

93min
12 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Revamping teen-witch movie The Craft for boys, this brash and empty horror film lacks magic. At an elite public school in the Massachusetts town of Ipswich, four teenagers (led by Sky High's Steven Strait) struggle to cope with supernatural powers handed down through their families since the days of the Salem witch-hunts. This plays like something brainstormed in a marketing meeting, with director Renny Harlin (yes, the Renny Harlin who made Die Hard 2 and The Long Goodnight) desperately trying to appeal to the core demographic with a thrash-metal soundtrack, petulant teen angst, and some subversive humour ("Harry Potter can kiss my ass!"). He fails miserably, though, and most teenagers will probably be embarrassed on the film's behalf.

Summary

Four teenagers at a New England academy, who have inherited mystical powers passed down through generations since the time of the Salem witch trials, are forced to battle an evil adversary intent on asserting the dominance he has long been denied. Supernatural horror, with Steven Strait, Sebastian Stan and Laura Ramsey.

Cast & Crew

Caleb Danvers Steven Strait
Sarah Wenham Laura Ramsey
Chase Collins Sebastian Stan
Pogue Parry Taylor Kitsch
Tyler Simms Chace Crawford
Reid Garwin Toby Hemingway
Kate Tunney Jessica Lucas
Aaron Abbot Kyle Schmid
Director Renny Harlin
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: SonyGuidance: Violence, edited for language.Available on: DVD and Blu-ray
Drama