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The Vigil (2019)

A man providing overnight watch to a deceased member of his former Orthodox Jewish community finds himself opposite a malevolent entity, in writer-director Keith Thomas' electrifying feature debut.

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Keith Thomas

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Keith Thomas
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Credited cast:
Dave Davis ... Yakov Ronen
Menashe Lustig ... Reb Shulem
Malky Goldman ... Sarah
Lynn Cohen ... Mrs. Litvak
Fred Melamed ... Dr. Kohlberg
Ronald Cohen Ronald Cohen ... Mr. Litvak
Nati Rabinowitz ... Lane
Moshe Lobel ... Lazer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hershy Fishman Hershy Fishman
Lea Kalisch Lea Kalisch ... Adinah
Dun Laskey ... Young Rubin
Efraim Miller Efraim Miller ... Hersch
Rob Tunstall ... Mazzick
Spencer Zender ... Eric
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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 shimmer 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. In what is essentially a one-man show, Dave Davis is profoundly affecting in his portrayal of the hesitant sentinel, exuding an empathetic combination of frayed nerves and timid weariness. Throughout this uncanny night, his vigil gradually transforms into a harrowing spiritual investigation of both his cursed surroundings and his pitiable past - a journey in which the very recesses of his community's collective trauma ... Written by Toronto International Film Festival

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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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Extremely solid
22 October 2019 | by zuppafreshSee all my reviews

Although not perfect, I felt this was an extremely solid debut from Keith Thomas.

There's a lot to enjoy here for fans of horror, the most interesting part being its unique Jewish perspective. The lead was great and I appreciated the different take on the typical haunted house story. The feeling of dread never left my body, the atmosphere it created is exactly what I'm looking for in a horror movie. Unfortunately, there are a couple of cheap jump scares which seemed needless.

Overall a very well rounded horror film with an interesting take and a pretty awesome final act. Highly recommended.


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