It has been over three hundred years since the Salem Witch Trials, but that does not stop the Sons of Ipswich from gaining power in their teen years. Over the centuries, four bloodlines of witch families have handed down their power from generation to generation, such is the binding of The Covenant. There was said to have been a fifth line, but it was supposedly lost early on. Now, the newest generation of Sons are closing in on their Ascension, on their eighteenth birthday. They all go to the same school, Spenser Academy, a private school near Gloucester. Two new students have transferred in, a sweet blonde girl, Sarah Wenham (Laura Ramsay) and a mysterious, but upbeat young man, Chase Collins (Sebastian Stan).
Of the four Sons of Ipswich, the one that is closest to ascending is Caleb Danvers (Steven Strait), and he knows the dangers of giving into the seduction of wanting to use his inherited powers. The other boys, Pogue Parry (Taylor Kitsch), Tyler Simms (Chace Crawford), and Reid Garwin (Toby Hemingway) toy with using their powers at times, and sometimes for all the wrong reasons, like using them to win a fight or impress a young lady, but when a student dies mysteriously after the night of Spenser’s senior party, a new party has come into play, and the boys are seeing “darklings”, and they know that someone is trying to break the covenant that they and their families have been bound to for over 350 years, since leaving Europe for the colonies to escape the witch-hunts in France and England.
Chase Collins, has taken a liking to both Sarah and Pogue’s girlfriend, Kate Tunney (Jessica Lucas), but Sarah only has eyes for Caleb. Chase also has a secret, and he is very good at hiding it. He is of the remaining line of Ipswich that was thought to be been broken long ago. An Ipswich goodwife, Agatha Pope “Goody Pope”, was recorded as saying the founding Ipswich witch, John Putnam, in the guise of an incubus seduced her not long after she was widowed. That union brought a child which no one knew about. Thus the fifth line was not broken, and the lost son of Ipswich is wanting to take all the power of the other for his own in revenge for what happened to his family years ago, but having such power at his beck and call is more than revenge. Chase is just downright greedy and evil. He uses Kate and Pogue merely as tools to get to Caleb, and he wants Caleb to will his power over to him at the time of his Ascension, when Caleb’s powers will be at their strongest. If one of the Covenant wills over their power, he dies, and Caleb is not ready to do that. Chase does not understand how the power works, but that won’t stop him from going after it.
This is one of those rare horror films we see these days, using more of a creep-out than an gross-out to scare you, and though there is some violent fighting, and arachnophobes, close your eyes! because your little eight-legged freaks are going to swarm, there is very little blood. To balance out the creepiness, there is lots of eye candy for both the guys and girls to enjoy. So with some of the best features of movies of classic horror film-style, and some amazing effects of today, this 2006 fantasy horror film is a real treat for the eyes and ears. There are lots of storms, though, so, you might want to check your weather report before you pop this into your Blu-ray player, because you won’t be able to tell the difference between the storms on the movie or the real ones outside until that one crack of thunder booms a little to close to your house.
I give this film a Musing review of