Blumhouse and IFC Films have released the new trailer for their upcoming supernatural thriller, The vigil. Following its premiere at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival, Keith Thomas’ debut feature film opened internationally in 2020. Now the critically acclaimed thriller is gearing up for its North American premiere. The vigil premieres in select theaters, on digital platforms and VOD on February 26, 2021.
Steeped in ancient Jewish wisdom and demonology, The vigil is a supernatural horror film set over the course of a single night in the Hasidic Borough Park neighborhood of Brooklyn. The story centers on Yakov (Dave Davis), who is underfunded after recently leaving his island religious community. Yakov reluctantly accepts an offer from his former rabbi and confidante (Menashe Lustig) to take on the responsibility of a nocturnal “shomer”, fulfilling the Jewish practice of caring for the body of a deceased community member. Shortly after arriving at the dilapidated home of the recently deceased for the vigil, Yakov begins to realize that something is very, very wrong.
Reviews of The vigil have given Keith thomas praise for taking the religious images and doing something new and unique with them, along with their use of visual effects and sound design. Upon a cursory visualization of the source material, it appears to take its cues from The Exorcist, which has influenced countless horror movies over the past decades. However, there is much more going on The vigil, which horror fanatics will be rewarded with when watching. Thomas said this about his movie.
“When I sat down to write the first draft of The vigilI knew I wanted to tell a personal story that felt universal. The film would be very contained and what was at stake, at first glance, would seem small: a man, a ritual and a fight with threatening force. But the stories that I gravitate towards, the stories that I like to tell, are rooted in tangible human experience. “
Keith Thomas went on to say, “a person’s struggle can take on a mythical quality that resonates much more than stories about countries or even worlds at war,” discussing his reasoning for doing The vigil. “We’ve all suffered ‘dark nights of the soul’ (probably several times during the turmoil of the past year) and most of us come out of those difficult and often terrifying hours changed, usually for the better but sometimes for the worse,” he said. The director continued to joke about what else horror fans can expect from seeing The vigil, which you can read below.
“If you’ve come to the movie for an emotion, I hope you enjoy it and disturb your sleep. If you’ve come to it to get a glimpse of a cloistered world that few secular people know about, I assure you it’s authentic. Regardless of the reason why the one you look at The vigilI hope you find something in our little story that haunts you, that buries like a splinter in your conscience and leaves you thinking. Even if it’s only for a few heartbeats. “
The vigil It is written and directed by Keith Thomas. It stars Dave Davis as Yakov Ronen, Menashe Lustig [yi] as Reb Shulem, Malky Goldman as Sarah, Fred Melamed as Dr. Kohlberg, Lynn Cohen as Ms. Litvak, Ronald Cohen as Mr. Litvak, Nati Rabinowitz as Lane, Moshe Lobel as Lazer, Lea Kalisch as Adina and Efraim Miller as Hersch. You can watch the trailer for The vigil up, thanks to the IFC Films YouTube channel.
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