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YMMV / The Covenant

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  • Best Known for the Fanservice: Especially among female viewers. Be honest, what is one more likely to take away from this film, the riveting plot? Or the copious amounts of Fanservice?
  • Complete Monster: Chase Collins is a young warlock descended from the bloodline of a wizard banished from a 17th-century magic covenant for using his powers for evil. When he discovered his abilities he enjoyed the power rush, and used his father's pain to convince him to kill himself and grant him more. He killed his foster parents in a car accident when they learned too much. He wants to cannibalize the other descendants for their magic to counteract the aging effects of magic use, even after being told that it won't work. He puts death spells on their loved ones to get them to grant it, for which he needs verbal consent. He kills other students for kicks. His only motives for his crimes are power and fun.
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  • Cult Classic: For a film that was trashed by critics and did modest business but didn't exactly set the box office on fire, its fanfic community is absolutely enormous. As of this writing, there are over 2,400 fanfics for the film on Fan Fiction Dot Net alone, almost as many as there are for Titanic (1997), a film that just about every woman who was a teenager or twentysomething in the late '90s has probably seen at least five times.
  • Foe Yay: Obviously between Chase and Caleb. Also, possibly between Aaron and Chase. And there was nothing subtle about either of them.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Let's face it: if you never had heard of this movie and came across it on cable or something, your first reaction would be "Oh great, yet another 'supernatural romance/thriller' for teenage girls hoping to cash in on the Twilight craze!". Then you'd discover the movie actually precedes it by two years.
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  • Ho Yay: Dear lord is there ever. This film rivals Top Gun in terms of unintentional gay overtones. From the all male shower scene where we the viewer are treated to the sight of a dozen naked man asses, to the barely hidden levels of Unresolved Sexual Tension between the male leads, the film is a treasure trove of Ho Yay.
  • Narm: Many examples, but the villain is this incarnate, with the "Little Miss Muffet" and "Ooooh, witchy!" quotes being especially cringe-worthy.
    • "I'm going to make you my wi-otch!"
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: There is potential behind the concept, it may make a pretty solid tv series than a movie. A pity that such a potential was squandered. Particularly, the levels of magical ability the characters are implied, or outright shown, to have are nothing compared to "ascension," which in turn increases dramatically if they are "willed" another's power. The final battle is mostly just bludgeoning each other with telekinesis.


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