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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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The ultimate shocker. See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Details

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

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$40,397
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The old-man's name is Holger, possibly named after the films Production Designer Holger Gross. 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: [about the dead grass surrounding the late neighbor's home] He blamed us for the dead grass, he thought we were going over to his garden and killing it... like there was some conspiracy involving the whole neighberhood against him
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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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Mild Current Instead Of A Jolt
10 January 2000 | by CobblerSee all my reviews

This one wasn't so much frightening as it was an interesting attempt at a horror/sci-fi mix. I think the script needed a little juking, a few more twists and turns and genuinely suspenseful moments, before I could recommend it. There was a little too much macro-photography of wires melting, and not enough attention paid to the characters (one of the major ones is inexplicably written out of the story before the climax.) I never thought I'd say this, but Joey Lawrence actually gives a good performance, and there are some nice, subtle moments-- particularly some strong observations about family. I was never scared, but the ambiguity & unusual premise kept me interested. I think POLTERGEIST was much more effective in creating horror in inanimate objects. Still, a good try. 6/10.


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