We will go ahead and add this movie to the list of horror films that actually evoke palpable terror. It takes the que of films such as Hereditary and The Dark and The Wicked where it just throws you into the unknown and of course it is surrounded by a recent death and has themes of grieving lost loved ones.
The vigil is an actual Jewish practice where a person known as a Shomer is called upon to watch a body of a recently deceased person and guard it against evil spirits. Usually they have someone already experienced in this but sometimes they have to hire someone to do it. That's exactly what happens to the young Jewish man in this film. A tragic happening in his past caused him to distance himself from his community and he only reluctantly agrees to accept the responsibility because he needs the money. However he finds himself ill prepared when he realizes evil has already taken up residence.
It doesn't take long for the movie to get creepy, and there was times I audibly gasped in terror. What really is going to get you is the clever way it adapts modern technology, in this case, a cellphone, as part of it's plot device. I was really engrossed to learn more about Jewish mythology and the specific demons involved in this story. This happens to be a debut horror by a director named Keith Thomas, and he does very well here to keep the story tense and scary. The ending was a very emotional affair, and I admit I had to take a few minutes to compose myself after. Plus there is one last dig before the credits roll that suggest the terror is not over yet.
If you like horrors that literally scare you out of your wits, than this is the one for you. It definitely has my seal of approval, that's for sure. Currently available for rental on Amazon if you want to see what it is all about. If you already seen The Vigil, feel free to leave your thought below!
Till next time, stay safe and stay scared!! -Tha Thrilla-