It wants your pain.
Filmmaker Keith Thomas will see his festival hit The Vigil released via IFC Midnight this month, and a fresh trailer and poster have arrived today to whet your appetite for terror.
IFC Midnight will release the film on February 26. Check out the new trailer and poster below.
Joe Lipsett reviewed The Vigil out of its premiere in TIFF’s Midnight Madness program, a film in which a man providing overnight watch to a deceased member of his former Orthodox Jewish community finds himself opposite a malevolent entity.
In his review, Lipsett wrote that The Vigil is “a fresh take on the religious/demon possession horror film” that “feels like a breath of fresh air.“
Steeped in ancient Jewish lore and demonology, The Vigil is a supernatural horror film set over the course of a single evening in Brooklyn’s Hasidic Borough Park neighborhood. Low on funds and having recently left his insular religious community, Yakov reluctantly accepts an offer from his former rabbi and confidante to take on the responsibility of an overnight “shomer,” fulfilling the Jewish practice of watching over the body of a deceased community member. Shortly after arriving at the recently departed’s dilapidated house to sit the vigil, Yakov begins to realize that something is very, very wrong.
The film stars Adam Margules, Dave Davis, Menashe Lustig, Malky Goldman, Lynn Cohen, and Fred Melamed. It was produced by JD Lifshitz and Raphael Margules at Boulderlight and Adam Margules of Angry Adam Productions.
“When I sat down to write the very first draft of The Vigil, I knew I wanted to tell a personal story that felt universal,” Thomas said in a statement. “The movie would be very contained and the stakes would, at first glance, seem small – one man, one ritual, and one struggle with a threatening force. But the stories I gravitate towards, the stories I like to tell, are rooted in tangible human experience. One person’s struggle can take on a mythic quality that resonates far more than stories about countries or even worlds at war. All of us have suffered “dark nights of the soul” (likely several times over during the upheaval of the past year) and most of us emerge from those lean and often frightening hours changed – generally for the better but sometimes for the worse.”
He continued, “If you’ve come to the movie for a thrill, I hope you enjoy it and it troubles your sleep. If you’ve come to it for a glimpse into a cloistered world few secular people know, I’ll assure you that it is authentic. Regardless of the reason you’re watching The Vigil, I hope you find something in our little story that haunts you, that burrows like a splinter in your consciousness and leaves you thinking. Even if it’s just for a few heartbeats.”