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Consistently clever and creepy, The Vigil mines richly atmospheric supernatural horror from a deep well of religious traditions. Read critic reviews

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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 reluctantly accepts an offer from his former rabbi and confidante 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.

Cast & Crew

Dave Davis
Yakov Ronen
Fred Melamed
Dr. Kohlberg
Lynn Cohen
Mrs. Litvak
Keith Thomas
Screenwriter
Zach Kuperstein
Cinematographer
Brett W. Bachman
Film Editor
Michael Yezerski
Original Music
Liz Toonkel
Production Designer
Nicole Rauscher
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Critic Reviews for The Vigil

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  • There is a touching human dimension to this tale that brought tears to my eyes.

    February 28, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Cannily filters its suspense through the prism of personal-and inherited-Jewish trauma.

    February 27, 2021 | Full Review…
  • The Vigil is a sophisticated and scary film, smartly executed.

    February 26, 2021 | Full Review…
  • An intriguing stab at modern Hasidic horror (we smell a burgeoning subgenre).

    February 26, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • This sort of paint-by-numbers horror narrative barely scratches the surface of the heavy issues it alludes to.

    February 26, 2021 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • It is smart enough, scary enough and unique enough to be worth a watch both for horror fans and for people who want to see more Jewish culture represented on the screen.

    February 26, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Vigil

  • 3d ago
    A tight atmospheric horror thriller, refreshingly based on orthodox Jewish traditions vs. the usual Christian religious tropes. Seriously, we need more non-Catholic/Christian horror movies -- that vein has been tapped to death. It seems there is so much interesting lore in Judaism (e.g. The Golem) as well as other major religions (Hindhu, Islam, etc.) which thankfully we are starting to see (Under the Shadow, Tumbbad, etc.). With vibes of Oculus and 1408, the fantastic score seriously elevates the movie.
    Mark B Super Reviewer

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