Picks and Pans Review: Intensity

updated 08/04/1997 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/04/1997 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Fox (Tues.-Wed., Aug. 5-6, 8 p.m. ET)


This adaptation of Dean Koontz's novel is not four hours of violence and exploitation. It's almost four hours of violence and exploitation, with a happy ending. Molly Parker plays a young woman haunted by memories of her horrific childhood who spends Thanksgiving with a family that is slaughtered by a deranged serial killer (John C, McGinley). She winds up a prisoner at the madman's home, where he has vicious dogs on patrol and an angelic adolescent girl (Tori Paul) locked in the basement. Intensity positively wallows in the villain's sadism. But his captives bond, giving the miniseries the requisite ounce of redeeming value.

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