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Status: Completed

Director(s): Keith THOMAS

TIFF Midnight 2019 | SITGES 2019 Closing Film

A visceral and terrifying supernatural horror film, set in a world audiences have never before experienced.

Set over the course of a single evening in Brooklyn’s Hassidic “Boro” Park neighborhood, THE VIGIL follows Yakov, a former Hassid, as he accepts a position as a shomer, hired to “sit the vigil” and watch over the body of a deceased community member.

Having lost his faith, Yakov isn’t eager to go back to the insular religious community he only recently fled. But when Reb Shulem, a rabbi and confidante, approaches Yakov after a support group meeting and offers to pay Yakov to be the shomer for a recently deceased Holocaust survivor, he reluctantly accepts the job.

Shortly after arriving at the dilapidated house, Yakov realizes that something is very, very wrong. This will not be a quiet vigil.

« Ample potential for a new franchise » INDIEWIRE

« Effectively creepy » VARIETY

« The Exorcist is coming to Borough Park » THR

« The Conjuring with an Orthodox Jewish twist » INDIEWIRE


Dave DAVIS, Menashe LUSTIG, Lynn COHEN


Director(s): Keith THOMAS
Screenplay: Keith THOMAS
Directors of Photography: Zach KUPERSTEIN
Category Movie: Horror

Production company: BoulderLight Pictures
Production Date: 2019
Date of First Release: 02/26/2021
French Distributor: Wild Bunch Distribution
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Duration: 88minutes