Stephen King Presents Kingdom Hospital - The Beginning
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State-of-the-art medical facility Kingdom Hospital sits upon the site of a tragic mill fire, and some say the spirits of those who died haunt it. Artist Peter Rickman is left for dead after a hit-and-run accident and is frequented by visions of a young ghost named Mary and the strange beast Antubis. An accident lands Peter's assailant in the same recovery room. Self-proclaimed psychic and hypochondriac Mrs. Druse holds a séance for the terminally ill patients and detects a new evil presence is in the hospital, only to receive news that her own tests have abnormal results. As Peter continues his slow recovery, the Antubis reminds him there is a price to pay for his life being saved.
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Red, Needful Things, etc. , you get it, it has it all. As someone else already said, it even incorporates Mr. King's personal experience
folded in. This series held my attention, so much so, that we only stopped for bedtime, resuming the next day. The cast was were all great, even stellar. If you liked the aforementioned movies, plus, The Tooth Fairy, The Messenger, Wicked Little Things, Silent Hill, to name a few, you will love this series. No it's not gory, it doesn't resort to nudity, it just good other worldly fun.
I find it hard to describe, in words, the overall tone, feeling, and discomfort I feel when I watch this. Most of it takes place at night, or seems to. A good part of my nursing career has been spent working nights, and I tell you that it can be very creepy working nights in a hospital. My husband, a paramedic, concurs. Even worse is when a patient dies and we have to take the body down to the morgue, in the basement. So, when I watch episodes of Kingdom Hospital, they play upon that feeling I already have and magnify it.
You'll find many of the character of KH downright creepy too.
I've also been on the other side of the fence - a patient in my own hospital. I could not help but wonder who and how many patients had died in the room I was in, in the actual bed I occupied. And night time as a patient in a hospital is even more disconcerting. The only times I didn't feel this way was when I had my three children.
As a patient it is common to feel a helplessness. Your whole routine is taken from you. You go from being independent to dependent. And this is conveyed very well in KH. Now add to it being a patient and seeing horrific paranormal activity. Add to the effect you are totally bed bound.
When I received this DVD set, my oldest son who is 15, took an interest in it right away. Before he watched it though, I tried to set up a mood, a tone for him by describing my experience working in a hospital, in a hospital at night - my feelings, fears, etc. I told him what a darkened hospital looks like, feels like. After he watched just two episodes in his bedroom, alone, he came downstairs with an absolute look of terror on his face. He told me to put my hand over his heart. It was pounding. The two episodes had terrified him and he's a long time horror fan and viewer! As scared as he was, he was also addicted to watching the rest of the series. After each viewing he had to share his thoughts and feelings with me. He never ceased to be scared.
In my opinion, Kingdom Hospital is a treat. Relish in it, the horror that Stephen King creates, again, on the screen.
Taking place in a modern-day hospital which was built on the very site of a burned-down hospital where torturous crimes were taking place, the story takes you on a journey of psychic adventures filled with ghosts--good and bad, creatures who save lives and take lives, and surprising twists and turns into the lives of many different people from many different walks of life.
Don't bother buying one or two discs--you will be hooked and will want this entire series. Trust me. I haven't met one person who has seen these dvd's that doesn't want them in their personal dvd collection.
One fun fact--Stephen King always finds a place to put his face into his movies--whether in a bit part or an extra--so it's fun to find him in this series as well. (I won't give it away haha...)
Enjoy this atypical King work...!
Second, timeliness of delivery: A lot sooner than we anticipated.
Kingdom Hospital is yet another King production that does not disappoint. The plot is well thought out, worked out, and brought about to a great ending. The characters...well, you either love them or hate them, which makes for an interesting ride.
And of course, the fight between Good and Evil perseveres with Mr. King at the helm.
If you want to get away from it all to a place that will remind you that someone always has it worse than you, take a trip to Kingdom Hospital.