I experienced a much longer loading time on this level as well. Strange that it seems completely unlinked to the progress bar, which fills up in about five seconds.
[EDIT] I just tried this again. The necrogiant killed me, and I clicked to reload the last checkpoint. This time, the progress bar filled up almost instantly, and it wrote "Game loaded" in the top left corner of the screen. Then nothing more happened. After 5 minutes of looking at the loading screen, I tried alt-tabbing out, but found that I couldn't. I did a ctrl-alt-delete and pulled up the task manager. That got me out to the desktop, and a window stating that painkiller.exe had stopped working.
Post edited April 18, 2009 by Wishbone