This is a common practice in the orthodox jewish community when a loved one passes away. Someone close to that person may sit with the body, but when a close loved one is not available, sometimes someone will be paid to perform the services and our lead character played by dave davis is assigned that difficult task and, as you can imagine, sitting in a House all night long with a dead body is ripe for horror i’m. A little late to the party on this one i’ve heard a lot of people talking about the vigil over the past few months, and it showed it a few places and some critics were buzzing about it, but mostly it’s actually been filmmakers. Who’Ve been excited about this movie, and i can completely understand why this is a really damn good horror film made on a tight budget with almost one location only and it never drags. They find really exciting ways to use this location to their advantage. Keith thomas and his cinematographer zach cooperstein light the house in a very thrilling way. They use shadows to their advantage. You often don’t know what’s going to peer out of them, and this is a major challenge for indie filmmakers, especially in the horror realm it’s. A lot easier to get a film financed when you can tell your financiers or the studio or whoever it is that you’re working with the film takes place in one spot, with only a few cast members that’s a very reasonable approach to making a horror film and Making it on a budget and oftentimes, you can feel a script pulling and pulling until it breaks apart, because they don’t know where to put these people anymore, because they’ve gone in every room and they’ve explored every area of the house.
And where do we go from here? The vigil only rarely encounters that kind of strain, because the director and lead star dave davis do such a good job of setting up a compelling character that you really care about. It makes for a great character for a horror film, especially for this plot, because what he’s been assigned to do is technically a religious practice, something that he might have done a little more easily in the past. But since he’s been feeling doubt and having complications with his faith, it’s not just about a dead body in a house there’s a lot of deep themes to the film and through careful flashbacks at just the right times. You can understand why he’s having a slight crisis of faith and how he might have to overcome that over the course of the night to survive once things get really scary, there’s. Also a terrifying older woman in the house played masterfully by lynn, cohen, who’s, really creepy. In the movie, she plays the wife of the deceased, who is not exactly in the right state to watch over a dead body and that’s. Why we have our lead character there. She often appears to scare the out of us throughout the course of the movie, but also at times be a bit of an expository mouthpiece for things that we’re supposed to know. The film also has a really great way of sidestepping the we have to keep them in a house thing that often happens in lower budget horror, in that, when our hero tries to leave the house, it feels as if this entity that wants to keep him there Has overcome his body with a debilitating feeling that every bone is breaking it’s, a very clever way to not let him get too far away from the house and keep the budget tight.
You know i’m talking a lot about that, but i think that’s. One of the reasons why so many filmmakers were excited when they saw this movie, because they saw somebody who understood the constraints that he was under and delivered a compelling story and a compelling film that was still really exciting and thrilling regardless that’s. What i think so many indie filmmakers are searching for they’re looking for that story that they can get financed that hopefully has something to offer that feels deeper. That feels richer than your average horror movie about a dead body and a person. There are very few movies that actually work with this type of setup. Another one could be autopsy of jane doe, but there’s tons of movies about a dead body in a building and somebody who has to watch over it or somebody who works in a morgue late night and they’re stuck at the morgue for the whole movie. Very rarely do they work this well and, of course, there’s. Something to be said about the fact that, in regards to religion and horror, movies, catholicism, pretty much reigns supreme, it’s very unique and refreshing to see a perspective of an orthodox jewish ritual that lends to a horror story now, like i already said, there are a few Times where the script can sometimes feel like it’s being strained a little bit by the fact that they pretty much have to stay in one house, the film is a good length and the performance by dave davis really helps, but sometimes it’s like well.
Now we should probably go in this room now we should probably go downstairs. Maybe i’ll try to go upstairs and see what’s up there, and you can tell that they’re doing their best to figure out exactly what to do with this limited location, but with the use of his phone as well, and people he’s calling and strange messages he receives. They get a lot out of that and i was really impressed with the vigil i’m gon na give it a b plus, i think, when it comes to the independent horror film in a house. This is definitely one of the better examples in recent years guys. Thank you so much as always for watching, but i also want to give a big thank you to the sponsor for this video blue blocks. Ever since i was a teenager when i started video editing, i’ve been looking at computer screens for most of my life and i write all the time as well and so i’m, always looking at a screen, whether i’m working on a video or trying to write a Script and that has caused some serious problems when it comes to eye strain. I get a lot of headaches from looking at the screen for too long and that’s due to blue light, which often emits from computer screens or phone screens, which is why blue blocks glasses, which block blue light, have helped me a lot when it comes to eye Strain from computers or phone screens when i’m, editing or writing blue blocks was created to fix this problem and block out the blue light with high quality lenses.
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