• Publication date: June 7, 2009

King's Horror Hospital What Secrets Roam The Halls Of Kingdom

Once upon a scary time, there was a hospital in Lewiston, Maine. Before the site held a hospital to care for the sick and needy, it used to be a mill that manufactured military uniforms during the American Civil War.

In fact the site was home to two hospitals and not one- the old hospital "Old Kingdom" mysteriously burnt down, the one that stands today is known as the "New Kingdom". Above the entrance to the "New Kingdom" a crimson stylized dagger hangs pointing at everyone that walks through the doors beneath.

Once upon a scary time, there was a hospital in Lewiston, Maine. Before the site held a hospital to care for the sick and needy, it used to be a mill that manufactured military uniforms during the American Civil War.

In fact the site was home to two hospitals and not one- the old hospital "Old Kingdom" mysteriously burnt down, the one that stands today is known as the "New Kingdom". Above the entrance to the "New Kingdom" a crimson stylized dagger hangs pointing at everyone that walks through the doors beneath.

Based on Lars von Trier's "The Kingdom" [a.k.a. Riget], developed by horror writer Stephen King in 2004 for American television, "Kingdom Hospital" is crafted to send multiple chills down your spine for its mini-series thirteen-episode duration.

Director Craig R. Baxley takes Trier's Danish project to American and worldwide audiences by cementing the legend of "Kingdom Hospital" in the minds of those not familiar with the work of von Trier.

At the bizarre and preternatural Kingdom Hospital, we meet a cast of peculiar characters inhabiting the quietly ominous locale. When painter Peter Rickman is hit by a drunk driver, the last thing he sees before lapsing into unconsciousness is a vaguely human form telling him that he is to be sent to rid the hospital of the evil that dwells there. Residing in room 426, Peter meets psychic Mrs. Druse who is suspected of being a hypochondriac by the staff for her recurring visits, and Dr. Hook, the brilliant surgeon who lives in the basement.

Mrs. Druse, as well, is seeking assistance to uncover the mystery around the hospital and the entities that haunt it; like the young girl killed in the fire that claimed "Old Kingdom", a teenage boy who was subject to terrifying human experiments, and an outlandish creature that sort of looks like a giant anteater, but whose snout opens to reveal a horrifying set of dentures.

Remain riveted for 13 episodes or the full duration of 10 hours and 4 minutes of "Kingdom Hospital". Don't forget the popcorn, and don't forget to scream.