The Vigil


Horror / Mystery / Thriller

IMDb Rating 5.5 10 2182

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Uploaded By: FREEMAN
December 20, 2020 at 12:58 AM



Fred Melamed as Dr. Kohlberg
Emilio Vitolo as Scott
Lynn Cohen as Mrs. Litvak
Dave Davis as Yakov Ronen
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24 fps
1 hr 30 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Vince604 5 / 10

I learned what a shomer is

Sorry about the title, I'm not familiar with the Jewish religion.

As for the movie, I thought it was mostly enjoyable, but the reason for the 5 stars is because there isn't enough scares throughout the movie to call it a good horror flick.

Also, the directing, audio, sound effects, and acting are all great, but there's too many boring scenes and not enough spooky ones in between to keep the scares coming.

Reviewed by eelen-seth 3 / 10

A promising premise turns out to be an unfortunate mishap -

Set over the course of a single evening in Brooklyn's Hassidic "Boro" Park neighborhood. Having lost his faith, Yakov (Dave Davis - Greyhound) isn't eager to go back to the insular religious community he only recently fled. But when Reb Shulem (Menashe Lustig - Menashe), a rabbi and confidante, approaches Yakov after a support group meeting and offers to pay Yakov to be the shomer - a respected position of someone who watches over the body overnight to keep it from demons - for a recently deceased Holocaust survivor, he reluctantly accepts the job. Shortly after arriving at the dilapidated house, Yakov realizes that something is very, very wrong.

The concept of The Vigil looks good enough on paper to get excited about. The film could've explored territories that are fairly unknown for many of us who aren't part of the Jewish community, with stories that often involve the supernatural and afterlife. Instead of turning into a 21st century "Jewish Excorcist", it rather takes the easy route and goes for a more lighter version of 'The Autopsy of Jane Doe'. The film takes place in one extremely underlit house, where creepy knocks and creaks help build an ominous atmosphere. What starts off strong quickly gets annoying when rough sound design and annoyingly ineffective jump scares take over, unfortunately losing any emotional impact the story could have created by the end of this haunted night.

Director Keith Thomas seems lost in his own screenplay and never elevates what makes his first feature film stand out: the atmosphere. Those dark rooms sure raise questions, as to why Yakov doesn't turn on more lights and keep them on when he starts witnessing shadows in the corners of the room. The problem with the overpowering darkness is that at one point, that isolating feeling loses its effect and every shadow just becomes a blur. Luckily Davis knows how to handle himself, in what's basically a one-man show.

The Vigil never reaches for that light at the end of the tunnel, relying too much on clichés and overused scare tactics. By keeping it all a bit too vague, it loses any sense of terror it so successfully built up in the first half of the film, making it an unfortunate mishap that could've been an unforgettable original addition to the horror genre.

Reviewed by borgolarici 5 / 10

Original but unsatisfying

The premise was interesting: there's a demon that att he himself to traumatised people, in this case victims of antisemitism. This particular demons has to exorcised following a special Jewish rite. Sadly, the movie doesn't really explore this aspect and it's mostly a slow burn with a lot of jump scares and not much backstory. The ending doesn't fully explain the situation imho and it's up to interpretation.

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