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The Vigil Reviews

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October 3, 2019
Introduces a vast mythology that could easily span a horror franchise of its own.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
September 18, 2019
With an intricate soundscape and a slow build into the grimly hallucinogenic, Thomas crafts a film at home next to James Wan's ghostly features but with more resonant emotional depth.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
September 13, 2019
Sadly, director Keith Thomas doesn't trust his own themes or visual sense, swallowing his entire film up in abrasive sound design and a reliance on jump scares.
September 13, 2019
The Vigil lamentably progresses into an increasingly ineffective midsection that's chockablock with cheap jump scares...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 12, 2019
There's a neat moment where the film's hero puts on a yarmulke and teffilin like he's donning supernatural battle armour, but mostly The Vigil feels like a novel short film stretched out to feature length.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 12, 2019
Even as The Vigil settles into a familiar routine, it tackles that task with a polished, at times even elegant approach to a haunted house formula.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 12, 2019
What works better is how Thomas transforms Orthodox culture into gory material for a slightly elevated horror flick, with Yakov ultimately turning to Hebrew prayer as his only way out of hell.
September 10, 2019
The cultural context adds novelty to an effectively creepy, small-scale chiller that does a nice job eking suspense from its simple story and limited setting.
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