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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.

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Paul Golding

Writer:

Paul Golding
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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
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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>

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It traps you in your own house... then pulls the plug. See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 March 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Corriente mortal See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$40,397
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The original rough cut of this movie was two hours long. 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

David Rockland: We had a microwave and everything, but mom just never used it. She was scared of it, she says it could make you sterile.
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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 »

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Referenced in The Goldbergs: The Other Smother (2014) See more »

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For God's Sake, Get Out!
10 April 2005 | by golbez-1See all my reviews

If this tag line seems familiar to you, it's because it is. It's the famous tag line for "The Amityville Horror". Not much happened in this movie, and yet it's considered a classic. We never, in the movie, understood the full source of evil from Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining", and yet it's one of the most horrifying films of the 20th century. Better leave things unexplained, and you'll have a great time. Do the same with "Pulse" and you'll enjoy it to the max. I sure did. I always liked how the movie never explained the source of the evil electricity. It makes things scarier. Once I'll find out, it's like spoiling a movie's ending. As the tag line for "Amityville", one is wondered why the occupants of the house do not leave yet. Well, the answer's simple, and Cliff DeYoung's character clearly showed it in the movie. It's because there's a rational explanation behind all of this. And the house is not entirely paid, they have to sleep there, eat there, and... just a place to sit down and relax. Because if they leave, they will look like crazy people. That's all the movie is about. What makes sense? What is best to do? I keep myself on the edge of my seat seeing for myself as what will be coming up next. "Pulse" is indeed an undiscovered gem. What a shame.


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