GLORIOUS on Shudder is a new horror movie with gorgeous (or should I say “glorious”) Lovecraftian vibes. It stars Ryan Kwanten and J.K. Simmons in a deliciously crazy movie. Read our full Glorious movie review here – find it on Shudder!

GLORIOUS is a new Shudder horror movie with thriller and sci-fi as the supporting genres. Is that a thing? Supporting genres? Well, it should be, and this new Shudder Original is a good example of why.

This movie has the most amazing Lovecraftian vibes.

Continue reading our Glorious movie review below. Find it on Shudder from August 18, 2022.

Ryan Kwanten losing his mind

Glorious stars Ryan Kwanten as Wes. A man who seems to be losing his mind even before the things he’s challenged with in this story. Basically, he has the power to save the universe. Or let it all implode and be responsible for that.


While most will know Ryan Kwanten from True Blood, he was also great in Them >

When Wes (Ryan Kwanten) finds himself locked inside the bathroom at a remote rest stop, things go from bad to worse. While locked in the bathroom rest stop, there is a mysterious figure speaking from an adjacent stall.

Voicing the mysterious figure hiding in the bathroom stall, is none other than J.K. Simmons, who we also saw recently in the Night Sky series). While I adore watching the man on screen, this kind of role really does remind you of the brilliant voice this man has. He is simply perfect as the voice of “Ghat”.

In a small, but very important, role we see Sylvia Grace Crim as the girl Wes can’t forget. You might recognize Sylvia Grace Crim from Body Cam (2020) or small roles in Unhinged (2020) or The Hunt (2020).

Glorious (2022) Horror Movie

The ending of the Lovecraftian Glorious on Shudder

I really don’t want to give away too much about Glorious. However, the Lovecraftian vibe should be obvious whether you watch the trailer or look at the PR images. In other words, if you’re a fan of Lovecraft (or Lovecraft-inspired stories and movies), you’ll want to watch this.

Also, that ending!

Oh yes, even the ending of Glorious on Shudder works really well. In fact, while I did find it to be maybe just a good ten minutes too long, I could forgive everything when the ending came around. There are both plot twists and amazing visuals. Not really combined, but as separate elements of the Glorious movie ending.

And yes, the pun was very much intended in that previous sentence!

Watch Glorious on Shudder!

Rebekah McKendry is the director of this Shudder Original horror movie. Previously, she’s done many short films and co-wrote and co-directed the Christmas horror anthology All the Creatures Were Stirring.

Also, she has another horror movie in post-production titled Elevator Game (2023), so we have that to look forward to. The screenplay for Glorious was written by David Ian McKendry, Joshua Hull, and Todd Rigney.

Between the gorgeous visuals and watching Ryan Kwanten’s character be absolutely mindf**ked by a creature voiced by J.K. Simmons, I have to recommend this. While I don’t expect to watch the movie again, I would absolutely recommend that you check out this deliciously crazy story on Shudder.

Glorious premieres on Shudder on August 18, 2022.


Director: Rebekah McKendry
Writers: Todd Rigney, Joshua Hull, David Ian McKendry
Cast: Ryan Kwanten, J.K. Simmons, Sylvia Grace Crim, Tordy Clark


In Glorious, Ryan Kwanten plays a young man who is spiraling out of control after a bad breakup. His situation worsens after he finds himself locked inside a rest stop bathroom with a mysterious figure played by Oscar-winner J.K. Simmons speaking to him from an adjacent stall. As he tries to escape, he realizes he is an unwilling player in a situation bigger and more terrible than he could have imagined.

I write reviews and recaps on Heaven of Horror. And yes, it does happen that I find myself screaming, when watching a good horror movie. I love psychological horror, survival horror and kick-ass women. Also, I have a huge soft spot for a good horror-comedy. Oh yeah, and I absolutely HATE when animals are harmed in movies, so I will immediately think less of any movie, where animals are harmed for entertainment (even if the animals are just really good actors). Fortunately, horror doesn't use this nearly as much as comedy. And people assume horror lovers are the messed up ones. Go figure!
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