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Kingdom Hospital

Holy Denmark, Batman! A new ABC show called Kingdom Hospital is a Stephen King-produced remake of the Danish hospital creepfest, The Kingdom, which gave me nightmares. The Danish production was written and directed by Lars von Trier; the American version has King at the helm for the script.

It premieres Wednesday, March 3rd. If it follows the pattern of the majority of King's film projects, it will crater quickly. But perhaps not. If you enjoy a good scare, check it out.


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Feb. 20th, 2004 07:03 pm (UTC)
Stephen King
Stephen King's better at written terror than at the visual arts, good thing since he's a writer *S*. The projects he's done for tv: that Diary of a mad mansion thing, and 'Storm of the Century,' were less than good. One or two adaptations of his movies have bombed spectacularly (Maximum Overdrive wasn't so good.) But a good many notable films are based pretty closely on his works: The Shawshank Redemption, Stand by Me, The Shining (Kubrick,) The Dead Zone, Misery, even Carrie and Christine. Some of his stories have become less-than-great cult horror films: Salem's Lot has a following, as does Children of the Corn. When he's on form, or I should say when his film interpreters are on form, he delivers the thrills n chills. When they aren't on form, you can still generally get the nice frisson of horror from reading the stories.

I look forward to his projects; Johnny Depp is coming out in a new movie based on King's story 'Secret Window, Secret Garden' (from Four Past Midnight.) I always expect *something* different and interesting from King, and truly isn't that why we read more than one story in our lives?

(I'd personally like to see 'Rose Madder' as a film.) My point of course is that we remember the King bombs but forget how often he's scored with us even in the movies. I hope that Kingdom Hospital will be one of his better efforts.

Uh, I'm a fan. Not perhaps his number one fan, but nonetheless.

Feb. 21st, 2004 11:01 am (UTC)
this isn't fair. Someone needs to tape it for me or something.

I've been reading his stuff since I was 7 or 8! (and I would add The Stand as one of his better movies... Generally, if he cameos in it, it's a better film than the ones he doesn't. The only one I really hate is Pet Semetary, as the kid is just annoying... "Now I want to play with youuuuu..." *gag*

As long as they don't botch it the way they did Misery (probably his finest book, but a crappy movie, I fell asleep in the theatre... and since I can only think of a few movies (like Star Wars episode I -- fell asleep TWICE*) that I passed out in, I think it qualifies as a bomb.

I just think it's too bad that he can't end a novel the way he did his short stories. They're all marvelous. I think I like Misery so much because he wrote it out of hate, and I think it gave it the necessary passion.

*for clarification's sake, that was the first two showings I went to, but, as they say... third time's the charm, I managed to stay awake long enough to see the fight scene and therefore know what the celebration I kept waking up to was about.
Feb. 24th, 2004 11:42 am (UTC)
I like King - I'll have to check this out.
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