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 vidil, Yakov begins to realize that something is very, very wrong.
Dave Davis, Menashe Lustig, Malky Goldman
English | Yiddish
- "Featuring strong performances and excellent effects work, THE VIGIL is a genuinely creepy debut which explores the ways in which our psychological demons can get their claws into our entire lives."
- "Above all else, the movie provides a remarkable showcase for Davis, who commands every scene as a man grasping to contain his fear of things going bump in the night while struggling with internal conflicts far heavier than the supernatural events in play."
- "Thomas keeps the tension high throughout most of the movie, even if some of his scare tactics can feel redundant."
- The Hollywood Reporter
- Toronto Int'l Film Festival
- Fantasy Filmfest