The Covenant (film)

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The Covenant
The Covenant.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Renny Harlin
Produced by Gary Lucchesi
Tom Rosenberg
Written by J. S. Cardone
Starring Steven Strait
Taylor Kitsch
Toby Hemingway
Chace Crawford
Sebastian Stan
Music by tomandandy
Cinematography Pierre Gill
Edited by Nicolas de Toth
Distributed by Screen Gems
Release dates
  • September 8, 2006 (2006-09-08)
Running time 97 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $30 million[1]
Box office $37,597,471[2]

The Covenant is a 2006 American action supernatural thriller film written by J. S. Cardone, directed by Renny Harlin, and starring Steven Strait, Taylor Kitsch, Toby Hemingway, Chace Crawford, Sebastian Stan, Laura Ramsey, and Jessica Lucas. The film was a critical failure, with a 3% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.[3]


The story begins in 1692, during the Salem witch trials, when five families from the Ipswich Colony of Massachusetts formed a covenant of silence that would forever protect their families and their remarkable powers from the witch-hunters. One family went too far, though, and as a result of their transgression they were forever banished from the land.

Flash forward to the new millennium and the four Sons of Ipswich are now the student elite at the prestigious Spenser Academy. To the students of the Spenser Academy, the Sons of Ipswich, Caleb Danvers (Steven Strait), Pogue Parry (Taylor Kitsch), Reid Garwin (Toby Hemingway), and Tyler Simms (Chace Crawford), are the baddest boys on campus. But that's not all they share. The four friends also share a 300-year-old secret: they're warlocks, the teenage descendants of a 17th-century coven of witches, the five families of 1692.

Bound by their sacred ancestry and sworn to silence, these four teens share a secret so remarkable that it has served to protect their families for hundreds of years; they possess "The Power", a source of nearly limitless mystical abilities that drains their life force if it is used excessively. So when the long-lost fifth son, Chase Collins (Sebastian Stan), who is more powerful than the other four warlocks, suddenly appears and threatens to kill their loved ones unless Caleb "wills" him his powers, they realize they must face their enemy in order to prevent him from stealing their powers and shattering The Covenant forever. The battle is on to ensure the safety of The Covenant and lay the one descendent who threatens to reveal their secret to rest once and for all.


The Sons of Ipwsich possess a variety of supernatural abilities, including various types of kinesis:

  • Psychokinesis - The power to move or levitate objects without touching them, also called telekinesis.
  • Pyrokinesis - The power to control fire and heat.
  • Aerokinesis - The power to control the wind.
  • Atmokinesis - The power to influence the weather, particularly to make it rain or to summon storms and lightning.
  • Levitation - The power to defy gravity and hover or maneuver freely in the air or even fly.
  • Astral Projection - The power to project one's consciousness and senses beyond and away from the physical body.
  • Superhuman Strength - Increasing one's physical strength to above-human performance.
  • Shapeshifting - The ability to change one's physical appearance and voice to appear as another person.
  • Teleportation - The power to instantaneously disappear from one place and reappear in another.
  • Clairvoyance - The power to see things that are invisible, such as the creatures known as 'darklings'.
  • Other spells to damage, or protect self from physical damage.
  • The fifth son had control over spiders and could casts other damaging spells through them.



Despite the popular misconception, The Covenant is not based on a comic-book title nor any other book. The confusion comes from the fact Sony released a comic book of the same name written by Aron Coleite created for the purposes of promoting the film. Neither the authors of the comic-book miniseries nor Top Cow Comics is mentioned in the movies’ credit sequences, so the comic-book miniseries is not regarded as source material by the makers of this movie. In fact, the film originated from a spec script and went through a number of drafts, by different writers, before J.S. Cardone eventually submitted the final draft. Cardone received sole screenwriting credit.[4]


The Covenant received extremely negative reviews from critics, getting a 3% "Rotten" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with the site's consensus stating "The Covenant plays out like a teen soap opera, full of pretty faces, wooden acting, laughable dialogue, and little suspense."[3] It also holds its place on the site's "Worst of the Worst" ranking 31st.[5] The film received a 19/100 on Metacritic, indicating "overwhelming dislike".[6]

Box office[edit]

Upon its release in the United States, the film still managed to top the box office charts with a $9,000,000 opening on what was called a "weak" weekend.[7] As of October 15, 2006, The Covenant has earned $23,292,105 in the U.S. ($37,256,954 internationally).[2] The film cost roughly $20 million to produce, not including marketing.

Home media[edit]

The Covenant was released on DVD and Blu-ray on January 2, 2007. It went on to sell 1,618,891 units which translated to revenue of $26,578,576.[8]


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