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The Vigil Reviews

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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
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 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
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 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 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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