The Vigil

The Vigil ★★½

The Vigil is a horror film about a young Jewish man who agrees to fulfill the duties of a "shomer", the ritualistic practice of looking after a dead body over the course of a night. During his stay, he finds himself opposite a malevolent entity. 

The marketing around this film suggests it’s “The Conjuring with an Orthodox Jewish twist”—that is 100% false. If you go into it the film expecting that, you are going to be severely let down, as I was. It’s an extremely slow-burning story about overcoming trauma and coming to terms with things you have no control over—all under the guise of a mediocre horror film with hardly any scares. Very boring and very forgettable. Hard pass.

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