A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The idea of self-sacrifice in the interest of helping others is touched on, but it's not a major part of the film.
Positive Role Models
No positive role models. The main character has a bad temper and makes bad choices; it's eventually revealed that he has a dark side involving violence toward women. The other main character is a god, capable of destroying the universe. A man is asked to sacrifice of himself to help others, but it's unlikely he would have done so if given a choice.
The only character of color is a Black man who meets with a violent, gory death after only a few minutes onscreen. Two women appear in small roles, but they have very little agency.
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Violence & Scariness
Over-the-top blood and gore. Monster attacks a character: bloody wounds, thin mist of blood "raining" down. Blood all over walls. Beating heart on floor. Severed leg. Plucked eyeball. Blood running down drain. Beating door with severed leg. Person slices into torso. Hands/tentacles digging around in body cavity, pulling out liver. Nightmare visions: worms crawling out from person's eyes, etc. Violent, angry outbursts. A woman discovers photographs of women looking scared (suggesting that a man must have been doing something terrible to them). Bloody wound. Character holding knife. Character crawling in agony, covered in blood. Bleeding ears. Jump-scare.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sex-related situation played for humor: A character wrongly assumes he's being asked to let the monster perform oral sex on him. Suggestion/innuendo.
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Strong language includes uses of "f--k," "s--t," "bulls---," "a--hole," "goddamn," "piss," "hell," "glory hole," "penis."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Character drinks entire bottle of whiskey and wakes up sick and hung over.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Glorious is a darkly comic, extremely bloody supernatural horror movie about a man (Ryan Kwanten) who's locked in a bathroom with a god, with the fate of the universe at stake. The over-the-top violence includes tons of blood and gore, severed organs and limbs (a beating heart, an eyeball, a leg, etc.), a misty blood "rain" covering everything, hands/tentacles digging into a body cavity and removing a liver, nightmare sequences, a jump-scare, etc. There's also the suggestion of violence toward women, represented in a set of disturbing photographs (women's faces are shown contorted in fear). And, troublingly, the movie's only Black character quickly meets a gory fate. Language is also strong, with uses of "f--k," "s--t," "bulls--t," "a--hole," and more. There's comical sexual innuendo/suggestion and a sex-related situation. The main character drinks an entire bottle of whiskey, wakes up hung over, and vomits. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This bloody little horror film is a prime example of creativity and imagination overcoming a limited budget, somehow making a two-character gabfest feel visceral and dynamic. Glorious -- the title refers to the cosmically decorated "glory hole" in the bathroom stall -- is set almost entirely inside the men's room at a rest stop, with just a few, brief exterior scenes and some jagged flashbacks to Wes' broken relationship. Director Rebekah McKendry keeps her camera moving, as if pacing nervously around the room, changing colors and tones, and, in a sequence in which Wes tries to escape through an air duct, does loop-the-loops.
She also relies heavily on her two stars. Kwanten plays a very unlikable character, a man who's clearly suffering, but also one who makes bad choices. The actor manages to sustain him and make him watchable throughout. Simmons, however, is the key. As the actor has proven throughout his celebrated career, his voice contains rich tones of kindness, authority, and threat, all intermingling with the precision of a chess master. Admittedly, this movie isn't able to have something going on at all times during its 79-minute running time, but Simmons is able to stall (pun intended) beautifully, keeping viewers off-balance and wondering. It's too bad that the movie's lone Black character meets with a cliched death, but that significant flaw aside, Glorious is delirious, gory fun.
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