Film | The Vigil – Review

The Vigil
The Vigil

Plot – A man providing overnight watch to a deceased member of his former Orthodox Jewish community finds himself opposite a malevolent entity – The Vigil.

Director – Keith Thomas

Starring – Dave Davis, Menashe Lustig, Lynn Cohen

Genre – Horror

Released – 2020

I wasn’t expecting my first film at the cinema in 5 months to be a Jewish horror film, but 2020 has been a strange year and not all surprises are bad ones, after all The Vigil turned out to be a decidedly entertaining directorial debut from Keith Thomas.

The-Vigil film review
Dave Davis in The Vigil (2020)

While it’s true to say the plot follows a familiar pattern, Thomas’s use of Jewish folklore and complexities of leaving the Orthodox community to craft a wonderfully creepy small-scape supernatural horror that keeps the tension and suspense at a maximum, anchored by a captivating central performance of Dave Davis.

Rating: 4 out of 5.


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