While we wait for Blumhouse to set a US release date for Keith Thomas' festival hit The Vigil, Vertigo has released a new trailer for the film ahead of its July 17th UK cinema rollout.
Even though the horror genre continues to be flooded by possession/religious films, The Vigil seem to present somewhat of a fresh take on the tired trope.
In the film...
"A man providing overnight watch to a deceased member of his former Orthodox Jewish community finds himself opposite a malevolent entity."
"Set over the course of a single evening in Brooklyn's Hassidic "Boro" Park neighborhood, The Vigil follows Yakov, a former Hassid, as he accepts a position as a shomer, hired to "sit the vigil" and watch over the body of a deceased community member. Having lost his faith, Yakov isn't eager to go back to the insular religious community; he only recently fled. But when Reb Shulem, a rabbi and confidante, approaches Yakov after a support group meeting and offers to pay Yakov to be the shomer for a recently deceased Holocaust survivor, he reluctantly accepts the job. Shortly after arriving at the dilapidated house, Yakov realizes that something is very, very wrong. This will not be a quiet vigil."
The Vigil stars Adam Margules, Dave Davis, Menashe Lustig, Malky Goldman, Lynn Cohen and Fred Melamed.