Stephen King's Kingdom Hospital

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Stephen King's Kingdom Hospital

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Using the Danish miniseries "Riget" (a.k.a. "The Kingdom") as a point of inspiration, master of horror Stephen King gives Kingdom Hospital a unique and menacing American touch. Kingdom is a hospital whose bizarre population includes a brilliant surgeon who lives in the basement, a nearly blind security guard and a nurse who regularly faints at the sight of blood. But when patients and staff hear the voice of a girl crying through the halls and a patient destined for life as a paraplegic miraculously recovers, they are dismissive of any suggestion of mysticism or unseen powers at their own peril. Andrew McCarthy (plays Dr. Hook, a surgeon who lives in the hospital basement. Oscar nominee Diane Ladd (Alice) is Mrs. Druse, a hypochondriac whose psychic abilities lead her to the hospital. Fellow Oscar nominee Bruce Davison (The Practice & X-Men) will play Dr. Stegman, an arrogant, but inept physician. The series is set up to play out like a book. The episode you watch picks up right where the last episode left off. Not in the sense of 24 that goes hour by hour, but more to the form of chapter by chapter. King himself was quoted as saying "Remember that Kingdom Hospital is a "novelization for television". Like a novel, it will pay back dividends but you will have to give it a little bit of time." King himself describes the show as a mix of ER and The Shining. Main Theme "Worry About You" by Ivy Bye, Bye, Baby Don't Be Long I Worry About You While You're Gone I think of you in my dreams You never know, just what you mean, to me To me Doo ba badda Doo ba badda I think of you night and day I never know just what you meant, to say To say Doo ba badda Doo ba badda ABC Broadcast History: March 3, 2004 - March 31, 2004 --- Wednesday 10:00 PM April 8, 2004 - July 15, 2004 --- Thursday 9:00 PMmoreless
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  • kingdom come..

    10
    I never thought I'll be addicted to this series,I only watch this movie on one of my local channel then found the whole episode on youtube.The story was so interesting each character has its own roles and function,the special effect were great specially the anteater and all the ghost stuff the is happening in kingdom hospital also made me freak out.Some seen were creepy but most of the time I keep on laughing. Well what can I say about this movie well hell yeah!!! to those who haven't seen this movie.. well you better watch it now!! I bet you'll enjoy it like I do!! 100percent guarantee!!moreless
  • US version of Lars von Trier's "Riget"

    4.0
    Although this series is optically pleasing, it never reaches the high quality and unique humour of the Danish original. The new elements introduced here to set it apart from Lars von Trier's version seem forced and mostly unnessecary (like the talking anteater, a creature feeding solely on ants that still has to mention that they are "delicious" in the pilot - which is just lame)...



    I grant that my opinion may be prejudiced, as I consider "Riget" the best TV series ever made, in part because of the "Dogma" style storytelling. The American version uses state-of-the-art camerawork, lighting and set decoration, and in this regard satisfies all the expectations the audience might have from a horror-themed series - and this is exactely why "Kingdom Hospital" is nothing more but average and ordinary...moreless
  • This is nearly funny and predictable yet,just enough low level appeal to hold your attention. It is so comercial and the acting- well, confusing.

    8.3
    This series is so commercial and the acting... well, confusing. This is a difficult series to grasp any mental stimulation or, value from. The vague scenario and quick change presentations are sewn together so to tickle an interest. This is nearly funny and predictable yet, it has just enough low level appeal to hold ones attention between commercials. What I cannot figure out is, why Stephen King allowed his name to precede the title. Credits for the screen play should be enough. I must write 20 more words but, there is so little to say about this non-epic that I am forced to fill in with this.moreless
  • This is probably one of the best Stephen King shows ever made.

    10
    This was a great mini-series. It was created by Stephen King so right away you know the show is going to be class and weird. Kingdom Hospital was based around the story of a hospital built on haunted grounds that were originally a mill that burned to the ground over 100 years ago. So the hospital is haunted with the goasts of the people in the mill, a little girl named Mary contacts one of the patients and together they unravel the mystery surrounding the hospital. This series was great, it was so exciting and well written that i am hurt that they didn't do any more. If you like Stephen King's work then you will love this show. The charactors are great and the show combinds humour and horror to make this irrisistable storyline. Don't miss it.moreless
  • This was One Weird and Freaky Show! But that's Stephen King for ya.

    10
    When i Saw the series premire on ABC I Thought "This is one wacked out weird show.... But I Like it!" I never knew Stephen King Would make shows like this but he did and I Loved it, I Loved it more because it had Andrew McCarthy In it and he's still hot! even if he is in his 30's or 40's I Don't care The guy was Totally Hot!



    Back to the show: The Girl was A Great actress I wish she'd do more TV or Movie Roles man I though she did good same with the rest of the cast and man That Ed Bagley Jr was he ever the perfect part to play that wacko Doc who was obsessed with Making the Hospital More Friendly With that "Clean Air" Thing whatever it was I Still don't get what the deal was with the thump 'n Pinky thing I thought it was odd but i guess that's another part of stephen king? Either way this show was great and I Really enjoyed watching it.moreless
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Drama, Horror

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Supernatural, Horror Masters, Cult