Canes aka “The Covenant: Brotherhood of Evil” (2006)

A blind man is given a “devil cane” that permits him to see, but it comes with a deadly price.

Genre – Thriller

Director(s) – Michael Bafaro

Writer(s) – Michael Angelella

Cast – Edward Furlong, Michael Madsen and Chandra West

Blue Rider’s Role – Arranged bridge financing

Distributor(s) – Fries Film Group, Insight Studios, Videoville Showtime, Allumination

Release Date – 2006

Synopsis – In this horror thriller, a PR man is blinded by a thug and given a “devil cane” that allows him to see–for a price. He is indoctrinated into a secret covenant of evil whose members all have the devil canes and are trying to bring on the end of the world. Eventually, the covenant demands that he kill his wife.

Release Data
Played at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2006.
Released in the U.S. on DVD on October 3, 2006. Premiered on DVD in Greece and Italy in 2007.

Critics’ Kudos:
Martin Boucher, Film Fanaddict: “Edward Furlong leads the cast of seasoned performers such as Michael Madsen, Chandra West, and Kim Kondrashoff to demonstrate that any association with a demon-like character can bring nothing but trouble. Indeed, Furlong is David, a happy- go-lucky guy whose world is shattered when first he is passed over for promotion in favor of a slick and devilish co-worker played by Tobias Mehler; second he loses his sight to spray paint by a quick-on-his-feet Satan worshipper (Richard Stroh). Our protagonist becomes the poster boy for unhealthy choices and raises hell all around him.

DVD Empire: “An ancient artifact in the form of a demonic cane unleashes a conspiracy of unspeakable evil upon humanity in this pulse-pounding horror thriller.”

Major Cast and Crew Credits and Awards:
Directed by Michael Bafaro (Crackerjack, Act of War; won Canada’s Best Screenwriter Leo Award and Best Director noms for The Barber and 11:11).

Written by Michael Angelella (Red October, Mother).

Stars Edward Furlong (Pecker, Little Odessa, Detroit Rock City, Animal Factory, Before and After, Brainscan; three awards and four other nominations for American History X, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Pet Sematary II, American Heart and A Home of Our Own); Michael Madsen (Sin City, Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill 1 and 2, Die Another Day, Donnie Brasco, Thelma and Louise, The Doors and 81 other films and TV projects) and Chandra West(The Salton Sea, White Noise).

Cast includes Kim Kondrashoff (Bordello of Blood, Bird on a Wire, Stakeout, Timecop); Richard Stroh (Taken, Anatomy of a Hate Crime); Sandra Steier (Walking Tall, Adam and Evil); John Innes (The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Saved, Mrs. Soffel) and Tobias Mehler (Taken, Disturbing Behavior, Bordello of Blood, Wishmaster 3: Beyond the Gates of Hell).

Executive producers are Charles M. Fries (The Groomsmen, Progeny, Undercurrent); James Shavick (Pursued, Finder’s Fee) and Kirk Shaw (Snowman’s Pass, Thralls; nominated Best Documentary Leo award for the miniseries Secret Files of the Inquisition).

The producer is Maurice Smith (Totally Blonde, The Savages).

Original Music by John Sereda (The House Next Door, The Lotus Eaters, The War Bride; won Best Score Leo Award for Secret Files of the Inquisition).

Cinematography by Shaun Lawless (The Untold).

Film Editing by James Boshier (ReBoot) and Joel Snowden (Criminal Intent).

Production Design by Jennifer Kom-Tong (The Delicate Art of Parking, Monster Island).

Set Decoration by Matthew Versteeg (Eighteen, Hellraiser: Hellseeker).

Costume Design by Farnaz Khaki-Sadigh (Not My Life).

Special Effects coordinated by David Barkes (Final Destination, Freddy vs. Jason, Neverwas, Dim Sum Funeral, Fatal Kiss, Ogre, 42 episodes of Dark Angel, 17 episodes of Whistler, 13 episodes of Young Blades, eight episodes of Cold Feet and 49 other movies and TV projects)and Ron Karkoska (Starship Troopers 3: Marauder, 2001 Maniacs, Reeker, Scorched, Death Tunnel, Faust: Love of the Damned, Terror Toons, the Hazing, Cemetery Gates and Gothic Vampires from Hell).

Visual Effects by Douglas Kerr (Blonde and Blonder, The Art of War II: Betrayal, Pursued, Alien Agent, 12 Hours to Live, 96 episodes of Poker After Dark, 11 episodes of Blood Ties, four episodes of Secret Files of the Inquisition and 46 other movies and TV series) and Jon Shaw (Numb, Alien Agent, When a Man Falls in the Forest, Shock to the System, Family in Hiding, Veiled Truth, Lesser Evil, Thralls, Deadly Skies and 30 other movies and TV projects).

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