Ryan Kwanten steps up to a Lovecraftian glory hole in the latest harrowing film [Exclusive]

In practically no time, Shudder has established itself as the premier streaming destination for all kinds of hidden gems in the horror genre. Let’s put it this way, for a recent example: Any platform that provides a home for a fever dream as genuinely unhinged and utterly unforgettable as Phil Tippett’s “Mad God” deserves all the praise and recognition it gets.

Not content to rest on such refreshing success stories, Shudder is moving forward with its next prized acquisition. “Glorious” alternately admired, scared and delighted festival audiences at its premiere at this year’s Fantasia Fest, ahead of its recent streaming debut. /Film’s Matt Donato reviewed the film, describing it as: “Slimy, icky cosmic horror goes existential in a roadside rest stop to embrace simplicity in one place, but the existential provocation is endless. It’s a bit ‘Lovecraftian Saw’ like cotton candy – Colored Doomsday pits man against hidden swill, and relies on dialogue and unseen characters to examine mortal sins on a universal scale.”

“Glorious” follows a man named Wes (Ryan Kwanten) who struggles to get back on track after a particularly bad breakup. Naturally, things go wrong when he is locked in a bathroom and accosted by a Lovecraftian monster (JK Simmons). Today, /Film can exclusively debut a relatively grounded clip from the film, which shows just how much baggage the main character carries with him before his otherworldly encounter with, well, you’ll have to see the film to believe it.

Check out the clip below!

Watch an exclusive Glorious clip

Who among us can’t relate to an adorable teddy bear that brings back all sorts of unpleasant memories from a broken relationship? Unfortunately, what Wes will likely stumble upon next will be unlike anything most of us can even fathom. It’s safe to say that this relatively ordinary scene doesn’t quite reflect the madness that the story will eventually unleash.

“Glorious” is directed by Rebekah McKendry, best known for writing and directing 2018’s “All the Creatures Were Stirring,” and written by Todd Rigney, Joshua Hull and David Ian McKendry. The largely one-stop horror/comedy promises to deliver everything fans of the genre could wish for, with the director going so far as to tease the film as:

“‘Glorious’ speaks to my adoration of Lovecraft, gore, absurdist humor, philosophy and the kind of transgressive movies that make you think, ‘I can’t believe I just saw that.’ It’s 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 has perhaps a favor to ask.”

“Glorious” is currently available to stream on Shudder.

Glorious follows as Wes (Ryan Kwanten) spirals after a bad breakup, ending up at a remote rest stop miles away from civilization. His situation worsens after he finds himself locked in 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 have imagined…

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