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The Vigil (2019)

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A man providing overnight watch to a deceased member of his former Orthodox Jewish community finds himself opposite a malevolent entity, in writer-director Keith Thomas' electrifying feature debut.


Keith Thomas


Keith Thomas
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dave Davis ... Yakov Ronen
Menashe Lustig ... Reb Shulem
Malky Goldman ... Sarah
Lynn Cohen ... Mrs. Litvak
Fred Melamed ... Dr. Marvin Kohlberg
Ronald Cohen Ronald Cohen ... Mr. Rubin Litvak
Nati Rabinowitz ... Lane
Moshe Lobel ... Lazer
Efraim Miller Efraim Miller ... Hersch
Lea Kalisch ... Adinah
Ethan Stone ... Burech
Hunter Menken Hunter Menken ... SS Officer
Emilio Vitolo Emilio Vitolo ... Scott
Logan Macrae Logan Macrae ... Carson
Spencer Zender ... Eric


In the Hasidic community of Boro Park, Brooklyn, a despondent young man, short on both faith and funds, reluctantly agrees to assume the responsibility of an overnight shimmer and fulfill the Jewish practice of watching over the body of a deceased member of the Orthodox community. With only the company of the recently departed and an ailing widow who expresses cryptic reservations as to the man's ability to carry out the task, he soon finds himself exposed to a terrifying haunting within the claustrophobic confines of a home that has become host to a malevolent entity. In what is essentially a one-man show, Dave Davis is profoundly affecting in his portrayal of the hesitant sentinel, exuding an empathetic combination of frayed nerves and timid weariness. Throughout this uncanny night, his vigil gradually transforms into a harrowing spiritual investigation of both his cursed surroundings and his pitiable past - a journey in which the very recesses of his community's collective trauma ... Written by Toronto International Film Festival

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Rooted in Jewish culture and mysticism, The Vigil is a supernatural horror film set in a unique world: The Hasidic community of "Boro" Park, Brooklyn.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for terror, some disturbing/violent images, thematic elements and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Apart from English, the language the characters speak is Yiddish. Although it uses the Hebrew alphabet, it is a member of the Germanic family of languages. See more »

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A dark unsettling film...
3 July 2020 | by stephenhermanSee all my reviews

A solid slow burn that really heats up. Dark and unsettling. The type of film that gets under your skin and stays with you. Jewish horror films are an untapped well. We need to see more!

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English | Yiddish | Hebrew

Release Date:

26 February 2021 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,182, 28 February 2021

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2.39 : 1
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