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The Veil (2016)

R | | Horror | 19 January 2016 (USA)
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Twenty-five years after members of a religious cult committed mass suicide, the lone survivor returns to the scene of the tragedy with a documentary crew in tow.


Phil Joanou


Robert Ben Garant (screenplay)





Cast overview, first billed only:
Jessica Alba ... Maggie Price
Thomas Jane ... Jim Jacobs
Lily Rabe ... Sarah Hope
Aleksa Palladino ... Karen Sweetzer
Shannon Woodward ... Jill
Reid Scott ... Nick
Lenny Jacobson ... Ed
Meegan Warner ... Ann
Jack De Sena ... Christian
David Sullivan ... Matt
Amber Friendly ... Sam
Christopher Sweeney ... Blonde Man
Ivy George ... Little Sarah
Shane Roney Shane Roney ... Sarah's Brother
Kira McLean ... Sarah's Sister


Twenty-five years after members of a religious cult committed mass suicide, the lone survivor returns to the scene of the tragedy with a documentary crew in tow.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, disturbing images, and language. | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 January 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Seita See more »


Box Office


$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Blumhouse Productions See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ivy George's third horror movie, after Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension (2015) and Krampus (2015). See more »


There is no way the body of her mother would have been that gory. After 25 years it would be dry as a bone. Especially with all those rats. See more »

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A film defined by one performance......
25 January 2016 | by s3276169See all my reviews

In most respects The Veil is a very ordinary film. It takes a well trodden path that mixes the notion of re-incantation with an invasion of the body snatchers/possession twist.

Most of the performances in this flick are pretty forgettable. Jessica Alba's character, who is supposedly the lead, spends most of her time looking like she's about to have a painful visit to the dentist. She's perpetually afraid, from the opening scenes to closing credits, with little in the way of emotional range, in between.

What holds this film together and really defines it is the show stealing performance by Thomas Jane. Janes character, cult leader, Jim Jacobs, is a pretty transparent Jim Jones, Peoples Temple, knock off. But what a knock off! Jane is absurdly good and utterly convincing as Jacobs. So much so, I kept watching what is otherwise a rather mediocre film.

Its a shame we don't see more of Jane in leading roles, he clearly has a lot to offer. I think for one thing he'd make an outstanding Jim Jones, should anyone decide to revisit that sad story. As to The Veil, I'd say watch it for Jane's remarkable performance but beyond that, don't come to this flick with big expectations or you will be disappointed. Five out of ten from me.

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