The Vigil

critic Reviews

, 91% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • Consistently clever and creepy, The Vigil mines richly atmospheric supernatural horror from a deep well of religious traditions.
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    Matthew RozsaSalon.com
    It is smart enough, scary enough and unique enough to be worth a watch both for horror fans and for people who want to see more Jewish culture represented on the screen.
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    Matthew MonagleAustin Chronicle
    It dares to look forward, finding a future for Yakov that merges his two identities - religious and secular - and suggests a path back into the light.
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    Kristen Yoonsoo KimNew York Times
    Keith Thomas's slim but effective "The Vigil" milks terror from a minimalistic setup, relying on the shapes we make out with squinted eyes in the shadows.
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    Randy MyersSan Jose Mercury News
    No split pea soup spews forth, yet Keith Thomas' demonic Jewish horror freak-out summons the spectre of "The Exorcist" and its catastrophic jump scares.
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    Keith WatsonSlant Magazine
    Keith Thomas's film hums with uncanny dread, milking the close juxtaposition of living and dead for all its worth.
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    Tara BradyIrish Times
    This excellent first feature from novelist turned writer-director Keith Thomas is a nifty, textured horror (mostly), thriftily set in one creepy house.
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    Joe FriarThe Victoria Advocate
    Jewish roots deliver genuine frights in Keith Thomas' debut feature. Scary as hell.
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    Aaron PetersonThe Hollywood Outsider
    Director Keith Thomas delivers a modern, innovative spin on classic demonic storytelling, with a deep respect for Jewish culture. The Vigil is this year's first must-see horror film.
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    Mark DujsikMark Reviews Movies
    [T]he film gives an unnerving sense of pain lingering through this life and beyond.
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    Thom ErnstOriginal Cin
    Thomas creates not just the solemn aura of being in the deceased's presence, but of having crossed a threshold where there is no return. It's a satisfying work of suspense and mystery with well-executed jump scares.
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