Glorious (2022)
August 18, 2022 1:06 PM - Subscribe

After a breakup, Wes (Ryan Kwanten) ends up at a remote rest stop. He finds himself locked inside the bathroom with a mysterious figure (JK Simmons) speaking from an adjacent stall. Soon Wes realizes he is involved in a situation more terrible than he could imagine.

Directed by Rebekah McKendry (co-host of Fangoria's Colors of the Dark podcast).

94% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. (And that's with 32 reviews in, including most of the major outlets.)

Currently streaming in the US as a Shudder original.
posted by DirtyOldTown (12 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
If you watch only one Lovecraftian gloryhole movie this year, make it Glorious.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 1:07 PM on August 18, 2022 [4 favorites]

(Seriously though: this was great.)
posted by DirtyOldTown at 8:06 PM on August 18, 2022 [1 favorite]

I was curious about this one. Thanks for the heads up.
posted by miss-lapin at 8:14 PM on August 18, 2022 [1 favorite]

This is what happens when they let professors make movies.
posted by Jessica Savitch's Coke Spoon at 4:47 AM on August 19, 2022 [1 favorite]

As a former professor, I will take that as another endorsement that I should watch it.
posted by miss-lapin at 12:44 PM on August 19, 2022 [2 favorites]

Liked it, but it was definitely elevated by Simmons' charisma. I'm not sure it would have been anywhere as good without him. Wish it had leaned in a little more to the homoeroticism so I could refer to Simmons as Daddy Tentacles forevermore.
posted by forbiddencabinet at 6:04 PM on August 19, 2022 [2 favorites]

I liked this a lot. And at 85 minutes it doesn't stretch out the concept unnecessarily.

Compared to other lovecraftian horror I'm reminded of the announcement from Gremlins 2:

"... don't miss Casablanca Cosmic Horror, now in full colour with a happier ending!"
posted by slimepuppy at 11:13 AM on August 20, 2022

Truly one of the weirdest yet funniest horror movies I've seen in a while. I have to admit I didn't see the twist about Wes coming, but in hindsight, I suppose I should have!

And well, to be honest, gooey demi-god in a toilet stall glory hole adjacement, you have to admit it really sounded like it was about the human penis.
posted by Kitteh at 5:15 PM on August 21, 2022

Soon Wes realizes he is involved in a situation more terrible than he could imagine.

I dunno, locked inside the bathroom with JK Simmons speaking from an adjacent stall raises the bar pretty far.

And I, for one, am not brave enough to find out.
posted by kirkaracha at 7:16 PM on August 21, 2022

So I absolutely LOVED THIS. Oh it was so much fun! As a trubie, I've missed Ryan Kwanten so it's nice see him back covered in blood and dealing with a supernatural horror that he is in no way intellectually equipped to confront.

I find it interesting that in this and A Color Out of Space that fuschia is apparently the color of lovecraftian horror.

And JK Simmons-it's weird how even as an eldritchian horror, I found his voice soothing. He needs to do more audiobooks. I'd love to hear him narrate some Lovecraft!
posted by miss-lapin at 12:10 AM on August 26, 2022 [3 favorites]

I laughed so hard at the "What the hell is that?" I had to rewatch it twice more. There's definitely an "ick gayness" factor at work but there's so much other ick factor going on it didn't feel too exploitative.

Wish it had leaned in a little more to the homoeroticism

Yeah, they danced around it in the first section and could have played with the sleaziness and uncertainty about where this was going a *little* more before Simmons gave his too-early explanatory infodump. I wonder how much sexier the early drafts were.

It's still a very fun, very weird flick, and I did appreciate poor Gary's casually non-judgmental take on queer desire in general, if not in rest stop bathrooms. More like this, please.
posted by mediareport at 10:48 PM on September 20, 2022

Didn't overstay it's welcome, didn't feel padded or stretched. The humour cut through the horror tension in masterful stokes and I went from "Oh God no!" to "What?! Fuck that guy, do it!" as I imagine the director fully intended.
posted by Molesome at 12:34 PM on October 25, 2022 [1 favorite]

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