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The Vigil (2021)

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Critic Consensus: Consistently clever and creepy, The Vigil mines richly atmospheric supernatural horror from a deep well of religious traditions.

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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.

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A quintessential low-budget supernatural horror, The Vigil mines Jewish folklore and rituals to create an effective sub-genre experience.

April 30, 2021 | Full Review…

This is a really damn good horror film made on a tight budget with almost one location only, and it never drags. They find really exciting ways to use this location to their advantage.

March 30, 2021 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

They accomplish so much here with what is clearly a low budget and basically one location. It's terrifying.

March 10, 2021 | Full Review…

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

February 27, 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…

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