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Intensity (1997)

Chyna Shepherd is a twenty-six-year-old psychology student who survived an extremely troubled past. While visiting Laura Templeton's house, a farm in the Napa Valley, a serial killer named ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Edgler Foreman Vess
... Chyna Shepherd
... Ethan Trevaine
... Lori
... Jim Woltz
... Young Chyna Shepherd
... Laura Templeton
... Jack Templeton
... Miriam Braynard
Tori Paul ... Ariel Delane
... Mr. John Q. Citizen
... Mrs. John Q. Citizen (as Babz Chula)
... George Jespersen (as Alfred E. Humphreys)
Edmond Kato Wong ... Tom
... Sarah Templeton
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Chyna Shepherd is a twenty-six-year-old psychology student who survived an extremely troubled past. While visiting Laura Templeton's house, a farm in the Napa Valley, a serial killer named Edgler Foreman Vess breaks into the house, taking Laura and killing her parents. Chyna survives and manages to follow him. In doing so, she learns of Vess's captive: a young, innocent girl, Ariel, trapped in Vess's home far from the Napa Valley. Chyna feels a great sense of responsibility for this girl, and she travels deeper into her nightmare. Written by Mike Yagnow <cato@frontiernet.net>

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5 August 1997 (USA)  »

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Dean Koontz's Intensity  »

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Goofs

After Chyna breaks the chair leg against the stone fireplace, it reappears as she hobbles away to go to the basement door. When she prepares to throws herself down the stairs to finish breaking the chair she's chained to, the chair leg is once again missing. See more »

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Edgler Vess: Now THAT was intense!
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Referenced in Cabin by the Lake (2000) See more »

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Molly Parker Shines thru in this thriller!
13 November 2004 | by See all my reviews

This show is one of the few TV Mini-Series that I have yet to grow tired of watching (since I first saw it aired on Fox in 1997). It is beyond the typical slash & dash, "gore fest", but instead it centers on the psychological redemption of an abused innocent who finally receives her opportunity to fight back years later. Molly Parker was selected & courted for this role after her critically acclaimed role in "Kissed". It is her portrayal of the character Chyna Sheppard that makes this movie above the other "TV Movie of the Week". She is absolutely riveting in her performance, & whenever I am having a bad or perhaps sad day/week...I just replay this movie & it reminds me that "you are not alone". If you want a psychological thriller on the level of Silence of the Lambs, this is one for you. It very closely follows the Dean R. Koontz novel, with a slight twist at the end that helps keep it fresh for even those like myself who had read the book before seeing the mini-series (as there was a twist with the screen version of Silence of the Lambs that helped it remain "fresh" as the end neared). This TV mini-series has never been released on home video, but it is sometimes replayed on "The Mystery Channel" if your cable network carries it. Tune in. You will never be disappointed or alone.


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