The Vigil

Matthew Monagle

February 26, 2021

In recent years, Brooklyn’s Hasidic Jews have become a source of inspiration for journalists and filmmakers alike. One of Us – a film that followed three ex-Hasidic Jews as they adjusted to a secular lifestyle – was named one of the best documentaries of 2017 for its unflinching examination of this closed community. Now the same community has become the setting for The Vigil, an early contender for one of 2021’s best horror films.

In recent years, Brooklyn’s Hasidic Jews have become a source of inspiration for journalists and filmmakers alike. One of Us – a film that followed three ex-Hasidic Jews as they adjusted to a secular lifestyle – was named one of the best documentaries of 2017 for its unflinching examination of this closed community. Now the same community has become the setting for The Vigil, an early contender for one of 2021’s best horror films.