By MICHAEL GINGOLD
The Lovecraftian horror film makes its debut tomorrow ahead of wider exposure next month.
GLORIOUS, directed by Rebekah McKendry (ALL THE CREATURES WERE STIRRING) from a script by Todd Rigney, Joshua Hull and David Ian McKendry, has its world premiere tomorrow, July 21 at the Fantasia International Film Festival, ahead of its exclusive Shudder release August 18. It stars Ryan Kwanten (TRUE BLOOD) and Oscar-winner J.K. Simmons; the synopsis: “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…”
“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. “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.”