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Pulse (1988)

 -  Horror | Sci-Fi  -  4 March 1988 (USA)
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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... See full summary »

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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>

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The ultimate shocker. See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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4 March 1988 (USA)  »

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Choque Mortal  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

When Joseph Lawrence came in to read for the lead role, his parents suggested to writer/director Paul Golding that he should consider casting Lawrence's younger brother Matthew Lawrence in the smaller part of neighbor Stevie. Matthew was cast as Stevie after he nailed Stevie's curbside speech at his audition. See more »

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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

Old man: It ain't a thing, it's a signal...... a pulse, kinda like a voice. So what you've got to do is to get rid of anything in your house that might have ears to hear it.
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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 »

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Absolutely terrifying
3 January 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Forget The Exorcist, Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Ghostbusters; when it comes to fear and suspense 'Pulse' tops them all and goes even higher. Who would have though that electricity could be scary, yes, we all know that it can kill you if you get an electric shock from it but how many of you have ever thought about what would happen if some electricity turned evil? That's right, probably none of you. And that's what's in the is film, some evil electricity happens from some when and takes over a house and melts stuff and then sets fire to the house. I don't want to say any more about this film, not because I would spoil it for you but simply because I know that if I think about 'Pulse' for much longer I will never sleep again, through sheer terror.


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