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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.


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Yakov Ronen
Reb Shulem
Mrs. Litvak
Dr. Marvin Kohlberg
Ronald Cohen ...
Mr. Rubin Litvak
Efraim Miller ...
Hunter Menken ...
SS Officer
Young Rubin Litvak (as Dun Lusky)
Bluma Gross ...
Young Woman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hershy Fishman ...
Extra (uncredited)
Les Gardonyi ...
Demon (uncredited)

Directed by

Keith Thomas

Written by

Keith Thomas ... (written by)

Produced by

Chaya Amor ... associate producer (as Chaya Greenberg)
Melvin Ang ... executive producer
Karen Barragan ... executive producer
Jason Blum ... executive producer
Jamie Buckner ... co-producer
Anthony Eu ... associate producer
Daniel Finkelman ... executive producer
Malky Goldman ... associate producer
J.D. Lifshitz ... producer
Adam Margules ... producer
Raphael Margules ... producer
Joe Minz ... associate producer (as Joseph Minz)
Alex Peace ... associate producer
Neil Rock ... associate producer
Matt Sher ... associate producer
Ryan Turek ... executive producer (uncredited)

Music by

Michael Yezerski

Cinematography by

Zach Kuperstein ... (Director of Photography)

Film Editing by

Brett W. Bachman

Editorial Department

Sam Daley ... colorist
Nicholas Figueroa ... Color Assistant
Michael Maida ... finishing producer
Steven Sosa ... deliverables technician
Samantha Uber ... digital intermediate editor

Production Design by

Liz Toonkel

Art Direction by

Stanford James

Costume Design by

Nicole Rauscher

Makeup Department

Mary Chipman ... Additional Makeup Artist
Lisa Forst ... makeup effects department head
Ashley K. Thomas ... makeup effects artist (as Ashley Thomas)
Bri Trischitta ... hair department head / makeup department head

Production Management

Jamie Buckner ... unit production manager
Cookie Walukas ... production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Alex Burstein ... first assistant director
Anthony James Faure ... second assistant director
Tony Manzo ... additional second assistant director
Rolan Shlain ... second second assistant director

Art Department

Liz Chancey ... art department coordinator
Jessica M. Smith ... scenic artist

Sound Department

Patrick Burgess ... production sound mixer
Rich Bussey ... Foley Mixer
Juan Campos ... dialogue editor / re-recording mixer / supervising sound editor
Cazz Cerkez ... Foley Editor
Jay Cheetham ... sound effects editor
Matt Davies ... foley artist / supervising sound editor/sound designer
Mandisa Henry ... audio post production coordinator
Jaime Horrigan ... audio post coordinator
Ryan Pater ... sound effects editor
Keith White ... sound effects editor


Dina L. Margolin ... stunts
Dana Morgan ... stunt performer
Mick O'Rourke ... stunts
Devin Sanchez ... stunt performer
Michael Viola ... stunt double: Dave Davis
Patrick M. Walsh ... stunt coordinator (as Pat Walsh)

Camera and Electrical Department

Ace Buckley ... best boy electric
Steven Carter ... additional digital image technician
Dominic Ciofalo ... second assistant camera
Davis Fowlkes ... second assistant camera
Logan Gee ... first assistant camera
John Izarpate ... key grip
Brandon Kelley ... digital image technician
Joel Kingsbury ... gaffer
Robert Ko ... B camera operator
Nathan Krauss ... best boy electric
Caleb Larsen ... best boy grip
Connor Lawson ... first assistant camera
Bruce LI ... additional digital image technician
Robbie Mack ... best boy grip
Adam Mantell ... key grip
Ryan C. Mooney ... swing
Ryan Mulholland ... grip
Kiel Perez ... swing
Brendan Poutier ... steadicam operator
Matt Richards ... additional digital image technician
Matthew Richards ... Digital Imaging Technician
Nicholas Savioli ... second assistant camera
Callum Shaw ... best boy electric
Aaron Trujillo ... grip
Melina Valdez ... additional digital image technician
Gabe Waldman ... best boy grip / swing
Paul Wallace ... key grip
Adam Wolf ... key grip

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Lowri Best ... assistant costume designer

Location Management

Giovanni Ferrari ... location manager

Script and Continuity Department

Solange Enard ... script supervisor

Additional Crew

Jessica Papayiannis ... production assistant
Nadege Pierre ... craft service
Bailey Popeck ... first team production assistant
Tracy Rosenblum ... creative executive
Jake Solari ... production assistant
Cookie Walukas ... production supervisor


Adam Ridley ... special thanks

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Plot Summary

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 is confronted. By the surreal and unnerving climax, under the assured auspices of writer-director Keith Thomas - making his feature film debut - the plentiful, hair-raising scares give way to poignant catharsis with a specter of dread that is sure to stick with audiences and occupy their subsequent nightmares. Operating within the parameters of a horror sub-genre that more commonly trades in Christian mysticism, The Vigil uniquely unveils a supernatural domain less trodden. It's thrillingly rife with demons, curses, and all the under-your-skin scary stuff that Midnights are made for. Written by Toronto International Film Festival

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Also Known As
  • The Vigil - Die Totenwache (Germany)
  • The Vigil: no te dejará marchar (Spain)
  • Nocne czuwanie (Poland)
  • Η αγρύπνια (Greece)
  • The Vigil - Non ti lascerà andare (Italy)
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  • 89 min
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Trivia The vigil referenced in the title is Shemira, a Jewish custom in which a guardian, usually a relative or close friend, spends the night in the same room as the recently deceased before a morning funeral. The guardian spends the night standing and reading the Torah, to prevent Satan from possessing the deceased or the guardian. See more »
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Quotes Yakov Ronen: So, Shulem, who is the deceased?
Reb Shulem: He's Rubin Litvak, did you know him?
Yakov Ronen: No.
Reb Shulem: He was a good man, a little weird. He was a Holocaust survivor who made it through the war, but lost his entire family there. After the war, he started a family here, but then he became a recluse, estranged from his kids and grandchildren. He hadn't left his home in years, it's a really sad story.
Yakov Ronen: I never saw him out.
Reb Shulem: He used to say that whenever he stepped out of his house it was like he was in absolute agony.
Yakov Ronen: And the other Shomer, why was he leaving?
Reb Shulem: The other Shomer just ran out, I trusted him, he's family, but he left the job because he was afraid.
Yakov Ronen: Afraid?
Reb Shulem: That's what he said.
Yakov Ronen: What was he afraid of?
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