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Teaser for Buzzy Fantasia Shocker ‘GLORIOUS’ Conjures Up Lovecraft, Gore, Absurdist Humor, and Philosophy

Ahead of tonight’s hotly-anticipated world premiere at the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal, Quebec, Shudder has debuted the first-look trailer for Rebekah McKendry‘s (All The Creatures Were Stirring) modern-day Lovecraftian horror feature, Glorious.

Directed by McKendry, from a screenplay written by Todd Rigney, Joshua Hull, and David Ian McKendry, Glorious stars Ryan Kwanten (“True Blood”, “Them”) and Oscar-winner J.K. Simmons (Whiplash, Dark Skies, “Night Sky”).

Commenting on the film, filmmaker, genre journalist, and celebrated podcast host McKendry said, “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 … 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.”

According to the press releases, as much of the film takes place in the confines of a rest-stop bathroom, “Glorious is an intimate indie horror full of twists and unimaginable turns that boasts one of the most jaw-dropping roles of Simmons’ career. Psychedelic, comedic, overwhelmingly messy, and surprisingly emotionally, Glorious has all the makings of a future cult hit.”

Spiraling out after a bad breakup, Wes (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 (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…

AMP International’s Bob Portal and Inderpal Singh serve as producers along with Joe Wicker and Morgan Peter Brown from Fallback Plan Productions, Jason Scott Goldberg, and Christian Armogida.

Following tonight’s Fantasia premiere, Glorious will land exclusively on Shudder on August 18th, 2022. In the meanwhile, we’ll leave you with the aforementioned trailer that will most likely leave you thinking ‘I can’t believe I just saw that!”

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