The Vigil

The Vigil

The Vigil

In Keith Thomas's feature debut, a man finds himself haunted by an evil entity while providing an overnight watch to a deceased member of his former Orthodox Jewish community.

"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 shomer 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." (Toronto International Film Festival)

201988 minsUSAEnglish and Yiddish with English subtitles
Horror
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RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

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Sadly, director Keith Thomas doesn't trust his own themes or visual sense, swallowing his entire film up in abrasive sound design and a reliance on jump scares.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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What works better is how Thomas transforms Orthodox culture into gory material for a slightly elevated horror flick, with Yakov ultimately turning to Hebrew prayer as his only way out of hell.

Variety

Variety

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The cultural context adds novelty to an effectively creepy, small-scale chiller that does a nice job eking suspense from its simple story and limited setting.

RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

press

Sadly, director Keith Thomas doesn't trust his own themes or visual sense, swallowing his entire film up in abrasive sound design and a reliance on jump scares.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

What works better is how Thomas transforms Orthodox culture into gory material for a slightly elevated horror flick, with Yakov ultimately turning to Hebrew prayer as his only way out of hell.

Variety

Variety

press

The cultural context adds novelty to an effectively creepy, small-scale chiller that does a nice job eking suspense from its simple story and limited setting.

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