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IFC Midnight reveals teaser for Jewish demonology thriller “THE VIGIL”

Thursday, December 10, 2020 | News

By MICHAEL GINGOLD

Supernatural horror comes to Brooklyn in a film arriving next February, with a teaser just released in time for the first night of Hanukkah.

IFC Midnight will release THE VIGIL to select theaters, VOD and digital platforms February 26. The feature-film debut of writer/director Keith Thomas, it stars Dave Davis, Malky Goldman, Menashe Lustig, Lynn Cohen, Fred Melamed and Ronald Cohen. The synopsis: “Steeped in ancient Jewish lore and demonology, THE VIGIL is a supernatural horror film set over the course of a single evening in Brooklyn’s Hasidic Borough Park neighborhood. Low on funds and having recently left his insular religious community, Yakov [Davis] reluctantly accepts an offer from his former rabbi and confidante [Lustig] to take on the responsibility of an overnight ‘shomer,’ fulfilling the Jewish practice of watching over the body of a deceased community member. Shortly after arriving at the recently departed’s dilapidated house to sit the vigil, Yakov begins to realize that something is very, very wrong.” The full trailer will be released later this month!

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and spent 28 years as a writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. In addition to RUE MORGUE, he currently writes for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM, IndieWire.com, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM and others. His book THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press) is out this fall, and he has contributed liner notes and featurettes to a number of Blu-ray and DVD releases. Among his screenplay credits are SHADOW: DEAD RIOT and LEECHES!, and he is currently working on THE DOLL with director Dante Tomaselli.