The upcoming horror movie Glorious might change the way you see public restrooms. Set to start streaming on Shudder on Aug. 18, Glorious stars Ryan Kwanten (True Blood) as a man whose stop at a rest area bathroom quickly gets bizarre after he meets someone… or something… from the other side of a mysterious hole, voiced by JK Simmons (Whiplash). You can watch the trailer for the Lovecraftian horror flick below.
The feature film is directed by filmmaker, podcaster, and academic Rebekah McKendry (All the Creatures Were Stirringco-writer of the upcoming Bring It On: Cheer or Die). It is written by Todd Rigney, Joshua Hull, and David Ian McKendry. The movie is produced by AMP International’s Bob Portal and Inderpal Singh alongside Joe Wicker and Morgan Peter Brown of Fallback Plan Productions, as well as Jason Scott Goldberg and Christian Armogida.
Shudder describes Glorious as an indie horror film “full of twists and unimaginable turns that boasts one of the most jaw-dropping roles of Simmons’ career.” While most of the film is set in a rest stop bathroom, its psychedelic, comedic, and emotional elements are meant to keep viewers entertained throughout. You can read the official synopsis below.
Glorious follows as, spiraling out after a bad breakup, Wes (Ryan Kwanten) ends up at a remote rest stop miles away from civilization. His situation worsens after he finds himself locked inside the bathroom with a mysterious figure (JK Simmons) speaking to him from an adjacent stall. As Wes tries to escape, he finds himself an unwilling player in a situation bigger and more terrible than he could possibly imagine…
“Glorious speaks to my adoration of Lovecraft, gore, absurdist humor, philosophy, and the type of transgressive movies that leave you thinking I can’t believe I just saw that,” says McKendry in a statement. “It is a wild mix of horror, humor, and heady moralistic concepts about our own existential realizations of who we really are, forcing each of us to stare into our personal abyss. And sometimes, the abyss stares back… and maybe has a favor to ask.”
Glorious Appealed to Lead Star Ryan Kwanten
Speaking about the film with MovieWeb, Ryan Kwanten explained why he was quick to sign on for this project. While it’s an over-the-top horror movie, Kwanten appreciated that this film tells an original story and he was also intrigued by his character’s journey.
“You gravitate towards material that is original, but it has to say something,” the actor told us. “I really did feel like this was a darkness that needed to be explored. Shining a light in dark places, I feel, is a good thing. I always love that Emerson quote, ‘What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.’ And this was just a trip, this guy that seemed like a pretty average person in the beginning, and then as the movie progresses, you begin to realize there’s some [expletive] flow.”
Glorious will start streaming on Shudder on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2022.