Shudder acquires horror film Glorious ahead of its Fantasia premiere

Glorious - Courtesy Fantasia Film Fest
Glorious - Courtesy Fantasia Film Fest /

On the same day Fantasia International Film Festival announced that the horror film Glorious was included in its first wave of titles for 2022, Shudder announced that they have acquired the rights to the film.

Glorious stars Ryan Kwanten (best known for playing Sookie Stackhouse’s brother Jason on True Blood, and for his role in Dead Silence) and J.K. Simmons (Gravity Falls, The Stand), and was directed by Rebekah McKendry (All the Creatures Were Stirring, Tales of Halloween).

In the film, Kwanten appears as Wes, who has recently suffered a bad breakup. Things only get worse when he ends up locked in the bathroom at a rest stop. Side note: Rest stops are having their horror moment right now, aren’t they? Hulu’s original horror film No Exit was also set at one.

Horror set in a rest stop men’s room? Pretty weird alright, and it sounds like a Shudder type of film for sure.

What could be worse than being locked in a gross rest stop bathroom? Well, what if there were a mysterious man talking to you from an adjacent stall? When Wes tries to make an escape, it becomes clear that there is evil afoot.

NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 05: Actor Ryan Kwanten attends the Citi Prestige Card Australia event at The Waterfall Mansion on March 5, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage) /

Shudder general manager Craig Engler compared Glorious to Lovecraftian horror, and lauded its cosmic horror overtones. He said the film is darkly funny and also very personal. Director McKendry considers herself a “diehard horror fan”, and admits that her film gets very weird.

Glorious is an AMP/Fallback Plan production, in association with Mississippi-based Eyevox Entertainment, with Rick Moore from Eyevox serving as executive producer, alongside James Norrie and Nina Kolokouri at AMP.  Kwanten, Barbara Crampton, Mark Cartier, Gaba Gavi and Kevin Kale also serve as executive producers, with Jessica Taylor as an associate producer.

Glourious will make its debut exclusively on Shudder in the US, the UK, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand and Australia on Thursday, August 18.

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