Riget (1994 series)

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Riget AKA The Kingdom (1994); an American remake Kingdom Hospital (2004)

Summary

A 1994 Danish medical drama with supernatural elements, remade in 2004 in English with writing contributions from Stephen King.

Riget (1994, AKA "The Kingdom"): Medical drama meets supernatural horror in this eerie Danish production, which focuses on the people who work in a haunted hospital. Doctors, patients and staff of the medical facility all witness bizarre visions and apparitions, including a ghostly girl and a phantom ambulance. Even stranger, one of the doctors, Judith Petersen, is experiencing an unusual pregnancy, with her unborn child growing at an alarming rate. What is causing these paranormal occurrences?

Stephen King's Kingdom Hospital (2004): Kingdom Hospital is populated by a brilliant surgeon who lives in the basement, a nearly blind security guard and a nurse who faints whenever she sees blood. Things get weirder when patients and staff start hearing a ghostly girl crying in the halls and a paraplegic suddenly recovers.


Details

  • Release Date: 1994, 2004
  • Country/Language: Denmark, Danish with subtitles; US, English
  • Genres/Technical: Drama (medical), Comedy, Horror, Fantasy, Science Fiction
  • Starring: Ernst-Hugo Järegård, Kirsten Rolffes, Ghita Nørby; Jamie Harrold, Diane Ladd, Bruce Davison
  • Creator: Lars Von Trier; Stephen King (remake)
  • Producer/Production Co: Arte, Coproduction Office, Danmarks Radio (DR); Touchstone Television, Mark Carliner Productions, Sony Pictures Television
  • View Trailer: (link), (link)
  • TVTropes Page: (link), (link)
  • IMDB Page: (link), (link)


Ratings

MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: TV-MA (Adult Content, Violence...)

Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • S____ (One Tentacle: Debateably Lovecraftian; has almost no direct connection to Lovecraft's work)

I've never seen this; apparently the first season of the original Danish series hints at elements of Lovecraftian cosmic horror, with a subterranean gate between world beginning to open, but never quite delivers on it, though perhaps later seasons expand on it a bit.

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.

Reviews

Review Links:

  • Jim Clark for Jim's Reviews, (link) - "For people who enjoy horror, as I certainly do, that is great shiver-inducing stuff... but the film never really delivers on what H.P. Lovecraft... the greatest of all horror writers... called 'cosmic awe'...."


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Riget (1994, AKA "The Kingdom"): Medical drama meets supernatural horror in this eerie Danish production, which focuses on the people who work in a haunted hospital. Doctors, patients and staff of the medical facility all witness bizarre visions and apparitions, including a ghostly girl and a phantom ambulance. Even stranger, one of the doctors, Judith Petersen, is experiencing an unusual pregnancy, with her unborn child growing at an alarming rate. What is causing these paranormal occurrences? Stephen King's Kingdom Hospital (2004): Kingdom Hospital is populated by a brilliant surgeon who lives in the basement, a nearly blind security guard and a nurse who faints whenever she sees blood. Things get weirder when patients and staff start hearing a ghostly girl crying in the halls and a paraplegic suddenly recovers.


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