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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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an all-time favorite... Great "80's sci-fi flick!!! See more (33 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Cliff De Young ... Bill

Roxanne Hart ... Ellen

Joseph Lawrence ... David (as Joey Lawrence)

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.)
Robert C. Edwards .... sound designer
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)
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
Andrew Chapman .... location manager
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
Tim Goldberg .... location manager
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?

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 »
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:I heard a man on TV one time say that paranoia, is just another word for heightened awarenessSee more »


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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
an all-time favorite... Great "80's sci-fi flick!!!, 11 November 2006
Author: djtrix26 from United States

inspired by this movie after seeing some of it for the first time when I was 3 years old (back in '93), I instantly fell in love with the plot. It was extremely thrilling. After just seeing this film again yesterday for the 2nd time in 13years, I was able to finally refresh my faded memory of this film, and make a better judgment on it. First things first.....I love the acting, and I love Cliff De Young! I think the choice of actors was a fabulous cast for this film. The idea is cool, since people don't always think of electricity and power-poles being potentially threatening. This film basically elaborates on the idea that electricity has a mind of its own. The story-line good, but a tad mysterious (maybe for the better). Some things are left unexplained and you will have questions at the end. That being said, no other decade than the 1980's could have pulled this film off as stylishly as it was! The special effects were good for the time, and not cheesy. The electricity moved realistically, and the "hypnotic-laser" -idea that struck out of the T.V was an awesome way of showing the Pulse trying to reach out. The music was a major- flavor-savor for this film. Great, intense, electric synth music with a suspenseful ominous low tone that accompanied build-up moments, which i personally love in a film score. **(See the scene with a bunch of phone lines that cuts right after a shot on a Real Estate sign "Nero Realtors") & also the music that plays with a heartbeat over the Kilowatthour meter, towards the end. -This is what i mean by "low tone"). Excellent opening and ending credit-music as well, especially the ending! Makes you wish there was a soundtrack available. For a rare movie about electricity that builds tension and suspense, makes this film one to be watched over and over. I will always hold this movie as one of my all-time favs. I'll give it *** out of ****, thumbs up for "good and worth seeing again and again". I'd like to see IMDb's rating go up to at least a 6.0 for this movie. I think 5.0 too low, based on IMDb's standards. WATCH THIS ONE! NOT ENOUGH PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT IT! It definitely deserves a sequel or pseudo-sequel someday, but not another damn horrid remake please!!! .......... Don't watch the new PULSE (2006)....has nothing to do with this, not a sequel, and totally sucks compared to the 1988 film of the same title.

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