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Pulse -- In this heart-pounding sci-fi thriller, something strange is happening to the appliances in 11-yearold David's home. Televisions, microwaves, computers, dryers and furnaces have all become weapons of destruction. Cliff De Young, Roxanne Hart, and Joey Lawrence star in this truly electrifying tale of terror.


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Writer (WGA):
Paul Golding (written by)
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Release Date:
4 March 1988 (USA) See more »
It traps you in your own house... then pulls the plug. See more »
An intelligent pulse of electricity is moving from house to house. It terrorizes the occupants by taking control of the appliances... See more » | Add synopsis »
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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 ... Policeman
Greg Norberg ... Policeman

Tim Russ ... Policeman

Directed by
Paul Golding 
Writing credits
Paul Golding (written by)

Produced by
Bob Edwards .... associate producer (as Robert C. Edwards)
William E. McEuen .... executive producer
Patricia A. Stallone .... producer
Original Music by
Jay Ferguson 
Cinematography by
Peter Lyons Collister (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Gib Jaffe 
Casting by
Irene Cagen 
Meg Liberman 
Production Design by
Holger Gross 
Art Direction by
Maxine Shepard 
Set Decoration by
Greta Grigorian 
Costume Design by
Jacqueline Saint Anne 
Makeup Department
Janeen Davis .... makeup artist assistant
Kathryn Fenton .... makeup artist (as Kathryn Miles Logan)
Susan Kelber .... hair stylist (as Susan J. Kelber)
Production Management
Gregory Goodman .... post-production supervisor (as Gregory E. Goodman)
Charles Skouras III .... production manager (as Charlie Skouras)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kenneth Edward Brewer .... third assistant director (as Ken Brewer)
Joe Camp III .... second assistant director
Mike Topoozian .... first assistant director
Jeffrey Hilton .... second second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Libet Arnold .... art department coordinator
Kip Cochran .... carpenter
Douglas Dick .... construction coordinator
Joe Griffith .... storyboard artist (as Joseph F. Griffith Jr.)
Mike Langston .... lead painter
Lucianne Lassalle .... scenic artist
Mark H. Lee .... lead carpenter (as Mark Lee)
Peter Lloyd .... visual consultant
David B. Long .... construction foreman
Kathleen A. Moloney .... set dresser
Michael Muhlfriedel .... leadman (as Mick Mulfriedel)
David J. Negron Jr. .... storyboard artist (as David Negron Jr.)
Christopher S. Nushawg .... set dresser
Bjorn Reddington .... set dresser (as Bjorn T. Reddington)
Joel Rivera .... lead carpenter
Michael J. Rohen .... lead carpenter (as Michael Rohen)
Lauren Roman .... painter
Ian Scheibel .... property master
Laura Settlemier .... set dresser
Robin Thomas .... painter
Randy Weightman .... assistant property master
Gregor Wilson .... art department production assistant
Chris Santini .... carpenter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Ken Beauchene .... boom operator
Barbara Delpuech .... cable person (as Barbara Way)
Gordon Ecker .... sound designer (as Gordon A. Ecker Jr.)
Gordon Ecker .... supervising sound editor (as Gordon A. Ecker Jr.)
Bob Edwards .... sound designer (as Robert C. Edwards)
Ellen Heuer .... foley artist
Gregg Landaker .... sound re-recording mixer
Steve Maslow .... sound re-recording mixer
Glenn T. Morgan .... sound editor
Robert Nichols II .... sound re-recordist (as Robertr L. Nichols)
Greg Orloff .... foley re-recordist
Gary Ritchie .... sound re-recordist
John Roesch .... foley artist
Jeffrey L. Sandler .... sound editor
B. Tennyson Sebastian II .... sound re-recording mixer
Becky Sullivan .... adr editor
Susumu Tokunow .... sound mixer
Marvin Walowitz .... sound editor
David A. Whittaker .... sound editor
Karen G. Wilson .... sound editor (as Karen Wilson)
Richard E. Yawn .... sound editor
Special Effects by
Richard O. Helmer .... special effects
Michael Cassidy .... stunt coordinator (as Mike Cassidy)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ismael Araujo Jr. .... grip
Scott Browner .... first assistant camera: second unit
Branch M. Brunson .... electrician: second unit (as Branch Brunson)
John Connell .... first assistant camera
J. Patrick Daily .... key grip
Carl Denooyer .... video technician
Joan Geguld .... electrician: second unit (as Joan Geduld)
Peter Jensen .... Steadicam operator
Kelvin Jones .... still photographer
Kent H. Jorgensen .... dolly grip
Charlie McIntyre .... electrician (as Chuck H. McIntyre)
Daniel McKinney .... camera operator
Kevin Myers .... electrician: second unit
Ronald J. Pure Jr. .... electrician
John 'Fest' Sandau .... best boy electric (as John Sandau)
Adam Richard Sklena .... second assistant camera: second unit
Jesse Tango .... best boy electric: second unit (as Jess Tango)
Newton TerMeer .... gaffer: second unit (as Tom Ter Meer)
James R. Tynes .... additional photographer
James R. Tynes .... gaffer
Gary Wagner .... director of photography: second unit
Tom Bob West .... best boy grip
Eric Whitehead .... grip
Sharon Wilson .... second assistant camera
Charles 'Chaz' Norcross .... key grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Barbara Harris .... casting: loop group
Penny Perry .... casting consultant
Anthony Sepulveda .... casting assistant: loop group (as Tony Sepulveda)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Timothy D'Arcy .... key costumer (as Tim D'Arcy)
Paulette E. Holmon .... set costumer (as Paulette Holmon)
Editorial Department
Rodney Blain Browning .... post-production assistant
Norman Buckley .... additional editor
Phil Downey .... color timer
Jeff Faustman .... post-production assistant
Brian Ralph .... negative cutter
Tatiana S. Riegel .... assistant editor
Diane Seniw .... post-production coordinator (as Diane M. Seniw)
Location Management
Andrew Chapman .... location manager
Tim Goldberg .... location manager
Music Department
Mary Parker .... assistant music editor (as Mary Patrao)
Allan K. Rosen .... supervising music editor
Transportation Department
Chuck Clarke .... transportation coordinator
Joseph J. Dawson .... transportation assistant
Brian Delahanty .... transportation captain
Other crew
Keith A. Baumgartner .... production coordinator
Stephan Blom-Cooper .... assistant: Mr. Golding
Jim Clancy .... caterer: U.S. Catering
Cynhia Cohn .... production assistant
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer
Jennifer Zolten Freed .... production accountant (as Jennifer Eden Zolten)
George Thomas Gamble .... production assistant
Eric Goldstein .... set production assistant
Harry Hauss .... helicopter pilot (as Harold Hauss)
Dea E. Hickox .... assistant accountant
Wendy Holland .... production assistant
Karen Hughes .... set production assistant (as Karen A. Hughes)
June Jordan .... stand-in
Shelby Kzilsky .... craft service
Ellen Levene .... unit publicist
Kris Fullan Martinez .... production secretary (as Kris Fullan)
Helen Merken .... studio teacher
Margo Motter .... stand-in (as Margo Mottur)
Skye Olson .... craft service (as Skye Olsen)
David Oliver Pfeil .... title designer
Marcy Pringle Price .... script supervisor: second unit
Sharron Reynolds .... script supervisor
Myra Rosenthal .... studio teacher
Paul J. Schneider .... production assistant
Alice Spivak .... dialogue coach
Max Vogler .... stand-in
Brad Wallace .... production assistant
Haskell Wexler .... thanks

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95 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

The Rockland's address in 1947 Kenwood, that is one year after Kenwood Electronics started.See more »
Boom mic visible: 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 »
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.See more »


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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Pulse, 31 December 2012
Author: Toronto85 from Canada

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.


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