Feb 26, 2021
Keith Thomas is
Denver-based a screenwriter and director whose horror
feature, The Vigil, was released on February 26 by IFC Midnight.
Davis, The Vigil is about a man providing overnight watch to a
deceased member of his former Orthodox Jewish community, who
encounters a malevolent entity. After Stephen King saw The Vigil,
he approved Keith to direct a remake of King’s 1984 horror
film, Firestarter, which will begin shooting this
What you will learn:
- What inspired Keith to write
- How his previous career as a
medical researcher in nursing homes informed his narratives in both
his short film, Arkane, and The Vigil.
- How witnessing a hate crime in
real life inspired Keith to write a particular scene in The
- How a very specific world or
community with a defined set of rules (like the Hasidic Jewish
community in Brooklyn, where this movie is set), can make for a
compelling setting in a horror movie.
- Why Keith rejected an offer to
buy the screenplay for The Vigil, instead choosing to
direct it on his own.
- Why he cast Dave Davis
as the lead and what previous roles Davis played that convinced
Keith he was right for the part.
- How making his short film
which is still available on YouTube, opened the door to making The
- How aspiring filmmakers can
make short films to open similar opportunities.
- Why aspiring filmmakers should
not take the path taken by Keith into film.
- Why a remake of Stephen
King’s Firestarter is the perfect classic horror film for him to