5.5/10
2,050
41 user 22 critic

Pulse (1988)

PG-13 | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 4 March 1988 (USA)
A visiting son tries to warn his father and stepmother that they are being menaced by a living and intelligent pulse of electricity that moves from house to house and terrorizes the residents therein.

Director:

Paul Golding

Writer:

Paul Golding
Reviews
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Cliff De Young ... Bill
Roxanne Hart ... Ellen
Joey Lawrence ... David
Matthew Lawrence ... Stevie
Charles Tyner ... Old Man
Dennis Redfield ... Pete
Robert Romanus ... Paul
Myron Healey ... Howard (as Myron D. Healy)
Michael Rider ... Foreman
Jean Sincere ... Ruby
Terry Beaver Terry Beaver ... Policeman
Greg Norberg Greg Norberg ... Policeman
Tim Russ ... Policeman
Learn more

More Like This 

Pulse I (2006)
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

When their computer hacker friend accidentally channels a mysterious wireless signal, a group of co-eds rally to stop a terrifying evil from taking over the world.

Director: Jim Sonzero
Stars: Kristen Bell, Rick Gonzalez, Christina Milian
Pulse (2001)
Horror | Mystery | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Two groups of people discover evidence that suggests spirits may be trying to invade the human world through the Internet.

Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Stars: Haruhiko Katô, Kumiko Asô, Koyuki
Pin (1988)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Isolated by his strange parents, Leon finds solace in an imaginary friend, which happens to be an anatomy doll from his father's doctor office. Unfortunately, the doll begins to take over Leon's life, and his sister's life as well.

Director: Sandor Stern
Stars: David Hewlett, Cynthia Preston, Terry O'Quinn
Prom Night (1980)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

At a high school senior prom, a masked killer stalks four teenagers who were responsible for the accidental death of a classmate six years previously.

Director: Paul Lynch
Stars: Leslie Nielsen, Jamie Lee Curtis, Casey Stevens
Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Alien brain parasites, entering humans through the mouth, turn their host into a killing zombie. Some teenagers start to fight against them.

Director: Fred Dekker
Stars: Jason Lively, Tom Atkins, Steve Marshall
Shock (1946)
Certificate: Passed Film-Noir | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A psychologically distraught woman is committed to a private sanitarium by the man she witnessed commit a murder.

Director: Alfred L. Werker
Stars: Vincent Price, Lynn Bari, Frank Latimore
Maniac Cop (1988)
Action | Crime | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A killer dressed in a police uniform begins murdering innocent people on the streets of New York City.

Director: William Lustig
Stars: Tom Atkins, Bruce Campbell, Laurene Landon
Action | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

While lecturing in China, Van Helsing agrees to help seven kung fu trained siblings reclaim their ancestral mountain village, now the domain of seven powerful vampires and their army of undead slaves.

Directors: Roy Ward Baker, Cheh Chang
Stars: Peter Cushing, David Chiang, Julie Ege
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Eight people are invited to their old high school for their ten-year reunion where a fellow former student, disfigured from a prank gone wrong, is out to seek revenge.

Directors: George Dugdale, Mark Ezra, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Caroline Munro, Simon Scuddamore, Carmine Iannaccone
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A Texas teenager cuts her hair short and becomes an outlaw martyr with her brother and friends.

Director: Matthew Robbins
Stars: Helen Slater, Christian Slater, Keith Gordon
Phantasm II (1988)
Action | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Mike, now released from a psychiatric hospital, continues his journey to stop the evil Tall Man from his grim work.

Director: Don Coscarelli
Stars: James Le Gros, Reggie Bannister, Angus Scrimm
Witchboard (1986)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

When his girlfriend becomes dangerously obsessed with a ghost she contacted using a ouija board, Jim reluctantly joins forces with her ex - his own estranged childhood best friend - to identify and exorcise the evil spirit.

Director: Kevin Tenney
Stars: Todd Allen, Tawny Kitaen, Stephen Nichols

Photos

Edit

Storyline

An intelligent pulse of electricity is moving from house to house. It terrorizes the occupants by taking control of the appliances, either killing them or causing them to wreck the house in an effort to destroy it. Then it travels along the power lines to the next house, and the terror restarts. Having thus wrecked one household in a quiet neighbourhood, the pulse finds itself in the home of a boy's divorced father whom he is visiting. It gradually takes control of everything, badly injures the stepmother, and traps father and son, who must fight their way out. Written by Cynan Rees <cynanrees@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

In every second of every day, it improves our lives. And in a flash, it can end them. See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

David Morse and Tommy Lee Jones both auditioned for the role of Bill. See more »

Goofs

When David first arrives at the house a mic is visible for a moment above him and Ellen. The mic then pulls away being hidden by an archway. See more »

Quotes

Stevie: And when she turned it on it shot that metal thing right up into her face, shot it up just like a gun. Isn't that bad? It shot it up right through her eyeball!
See more »

Crazy Credits

When the Columbia Pictures logo is shown before the movie starts, there's the rather distinct sound of a flame burst which is dubbed into the soundtrack as the torch on the Columbia logo ignites. This is a reference to the Pulse in the film taking control. See more »

Connections

Features Starman (1984) See more »

User Reviews

 
Pulse
31 December 2012 | by Toronto85See all my reviews

Late one night, Bill and his girlfriend Ellen were woke up by their neighbour who was yelling at the top of his lungs inside of his home. When the cops arrived, the man was dead and the house had wires hanging from the ceiling and the walls. We are then introduced to Bill's son David who is staying with Bill and his new wife for the summer. Pretty soon, David begins to see weird things happening to the television set in the house. The picture goes in and out, and it turns on and off on it's own. similar strange things happen to other appliances around the house as well. It quickly becomes apparent to both son and father that something is not right, and that an evil electrical "Pulse" is growing within their house.

I got Pulse in the horror section, but it's more of a sci-fi/thriller flick. And a pretty good one at that! The plot of "killer appliances" may sound ridiculous, but 'Pulse' does a good job at making it realistic enough for a full length film. We see that the characters are in actual danger because of the electrical force, and that the pulse can cause serious occurrences such as gas leaks and water burns. The acting was a positive, Joseph Lawrence (who was at a very young age) did a great job in the lead. Cliff De Young and Roxanne Hart were great as well. Some of the special effects were effective as well. 'Pulse' takes us inside of the television at one point as shows us all of the wiring. It's done well.

The bodycount is pretty much non-existent, therefore 'Pulse' isn't a much of horror film. It's an effective sci-fi/thriller film that is worth a look if you come across it.

6/10


5 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 41 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 March 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Corriente mortal See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$40,397

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$40,397
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series



Recently Viewed