The Vigil

2019

The Vigil

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75%

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Total Count: 8

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Rooted in Jewish culture and mysticism, THE VIGIL is a supernatural horror film set in a unique world: The Hasidic community of "Boro" Park, Brooklyn.

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All Critics (8) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (2)

  • 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.

    Sep 13, 2019 | Full Review…
  • There's a neat moment where the film's hero puts on a yarmulke and teffilin like he's donning supernatural battle armour, but mostly The Vigil feels like a novel short film stretched out to feature length.

    Sep 12, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Even as The Vigil settles into a familiar routine, it tackles that task with a polished, at times even elegant approach to a haunted house formula.

    Sep 12, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…

    Eric Kohn

    indieWire
    Top Critic
  • 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.

    Sep 12, 2019 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Sep 10, 2019 | Full Review…

    Dennis Harvey

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • Introduces a vast mythology that could easily span a horror franchise of its own.

    Oct 3, 2019 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

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