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Fantasia 2022 Review: ‘Glorious’ and the Glory Hole Dwelling Demi-God

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In Glorious, Wes (Ryan Kwanten, True Blood) is on the road with a carload of memories, fresh off of a bad breakup. Pausing at a small, remote rest stop, Wes drinks his pain away in a night of lonesome cries and fevered voicemails.

Upon awakening – with a righteous hangover – Wes stumbles his way into the bathroom, leaving any sense of normalcy at the door. In that bathroom there is a glory hole, and in that glory hole there is… an ancient cosmic horror with daddy issues. Voiced by J.K. Simmons (Whiplash, Spider-Man), the demi-god has a favor to ask. 

Rebekah McKendry (All the Creatures Were Stirring) directs this madcap premise with the appropriate combination of existential crisis, comedy, and blood.

McKendry’s genre resume is impressive. Filmmaking and producing aside, she was Fangoria’s Director of Marketing and Blumhouse.com’s Editor-in-Chief. She also hosts the Shock Waves and Killer POV podcasts, and is a professor at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. 

The world is threatened by unimaginable horror, and its fate lies in the hands of a selfish, unstable man who just needed to vomit. As a cosmic-horror-meets-slapstick-comedy, Glorious is surprisingly economical in concept.

It’s effectively a 2-hander with one location, although really it’s Kwanten who does all the heavy lifting as Simmons is only present to lend his dulcet vocal tones. 

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Simmons is a curious yet fitting choice for this glory hole guest. With his extensive voice acting experience, he carries a certain earthly gravitas, yet can tune his tone to comply with the more cosmically curious or decidedly exasperated dialogue of a demi-god. I’m not sure whose voice I would imagine coming from the interdimensional side of a bathroom stall, but there’s something so… human about his voice that it kind of adds to the absurdity of it all. 

Kwanten – as the film’s main point of focus – has a lot to carry. With Simmons in the stall and only two other small appearances, we’re with him for the full length of the film. No breaks. He must carry our attention throughout, which is a lot to put on a guy in one sparse location. Wes is… kind of a dink, and – as we learn – far from a good guy. Kwanten plays him with vulnerability and a certain sense of exhausted desperation that is quite relatable, given the circumstances.

Written by David Ian McKendry, Joshua Hull and Todd Rigney, Glorious invites the audience to join in on some interesting (if not nihilistic) lines of thought. Is altruism secretly offered as a selfish act? What would you do to save the universe? What do you deserve? For a film about a Lovecraftian bathroom break, it’s surprisingly thoughtful.

While there are some meandering parts that suffer the pacing of a single-location extended dialogue, Glorious offers pockets of humor and goopy gore (and bisexual lighting) to keep the audience going. 

Of all the horror films that have come out this year, Glorious has one of the most inventive concepts. It’s the well made and eccentrically clever kind of film that catches your attention. So why not step up to the ol’ glory hole and see what all the fuss is about. 

4 eyes out of 5

Glorious is part of Fantasia International Film Festival’s 2022 lineup. You can check out the trailer and poster below. For more Fantasia 2022 content, click here to read our review of Megalomaniac

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Edgar Allen Poe’s ‘Raven’s Hallow’ Trailer Sees the Young Writer Solving Crimes of the Occult

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Edgar Allen Poe’s upcoming Raven’s Hallow is a Shudder exclusive that is based on the young writer’s tales from when he was still stationed at West Point. So, we will see one of his stories that were inspired during his time as a cadet.

The synopsis for Raven’s Hallow according to Deadline goes like this:

Set in the autumn of 1830, Poe and four other cadets are on a training exercise in upstate New York when they come across a man eviscerated on a bizarre wooden rack. His dying words direct them to a remote rural community, holding sinister secrets. Determined to get to the bottom of the murder, Poe embarks on a quest that will bring him face to face with a terror that will haunt him forever.

Raven’s Hallow stars William Mosely as young Poe with William Moseley stars as Poe with Melanie Zanetti, Kate Dickie, David Hayman, Oberon K. A. Adjepong, and Callum Woodhouse.

Raven’s Hallow arrives on Shudder beginning September 22.

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‘The Ring’ Comes to Blu-Ray Steelbook Complete With VHS Slipcase Design

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Japan’s entry into J-Horror with Ringu was one of the best that there has ever been. When America decided to do a remake, I can still recall a lot of people being upset that it wouldn’t measure up. However, Gore Verbenski’s dark portrait was nearly a better film than the original. From its ominous start to shocking finish The Ring was effective around every corner. 20 years later folks can still appreciate Verbenski’s film and in order to celebrate the film turning 20 we are getting a cool steelbook blu-ray for the film.

The steelbook comes with an awesome VHS design slipcase. Inside the steelbook is made of static and the iconic scene with Samara and the well.

The synopsis for The Ring goes like this:

It sounds like just another urban legend — a videotape filled with nightmarish images leads to a phone call foretelling the viewer’s death in exactly seven days. Newspaper reporter Rachel Keller (Naomi Watts) is skeptical of the story until four teenagers all die mysteriously exactly one week after watching just such a tape. Allowing her investigative curiosity to get the better of her, Rachel tracks down the video and watches it. Now she has just seven days to unravel the mystery.

Verbinki’s film is genuinely scary and it entirely deserves a 20th anniversary release. It is a film that has managed to stay in the conversation when horror films are being discussed. It still manages to get heavy play during the Halloween season on AMC. Rightfully so.

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You can pick up your copy of The Ring’s special edition beginning October 18.

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The Sanderson Sisters Are Running Amok in New ‘Hocus Pocus 2’ Photos

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The new D23 magazine featured a very welcome sight this time around. The wickedly awesome Sanderson Sisters are showing off a bit on their lead-up to the upcoming Disney+ Hocus Pocus 2 release. In each of the photos, the ladies are running amok as per usual. The lead-up to this sequel has been a long road. So, fans have been savoring the little teases made up of a teaser trailer, a couple of posters, and of course pictures. Fans are most excited that Hocus Pocus 2 sees the return of all three Sanderson sisters as well actor Doug Jones.

The synopsis for Hocus Pocus 2 goes like this:

It’s been 29 years since someone lit the Black Flame Candle and resurrected the 17th-century sisters, and they are looking for revenge. Now it is up to three high-school students to stop the ravenous witches from wreaking a new kind of havoc on Salem before dawn on All Hallow’s Eve.

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The Hocus Pocus sequel stars Doug Jones (“The Shape of Water”), Whitney Peak (“Gossip Girl”), Lilia Buckingham (“Dirt”), Belisa Escobedo (“American Horror Stories”), Hannah Waddingham (“Ted Lasso”), Tony Hale (“Veep”), Sam Richardson (“The Tomorrow War,” “Good Boys”), Juju Brener (“Vanquish”), Froy Gutierrez (“Teen Wolf”), Taylor Paige Henderson and Nina Kitchen.

The Sanderson Sisters will officially run amok a second time when Hocus Pocus 2 lands its broom on Disney+ beginning September 30.

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