SHUDDER EXCLUSIVE: Glorious (2022)

Directed by Rebekah McKendry (All the Creatures Were Stirring) and written by David Ian McKendry, Joshua Hull, and Todd Rigney, this film finds a depressed Wes (Ryan Kwanten) dealing with his breakup by hitting the road. At a rest stop, he gets drunk and burns everything he owns. Heading into the restroom to puke, he finds himself locked inside a stall while the next one over, inside a glory hole, is a voice belonging to J.K. Simmons.

That voice is a cosmic god by the name of Ghat and if Wes wants to save all of reality, he must submit his body to him. But is that really a Lovecraftian monster inside the other toilet? Is Wes really the good person he claims to be? And will two abused children — a hungover human and an Elder God — be able to bond? Are we all doomed?

Glorious has a great concept and would probably be even better as a short than a high concept full-length. That said, I was in no way bored by this movie and you should probably check it out — it’s exclusively on Shudder — and make up your own mind. You’ll never pee in a rest stop the same way again.

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