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Pulse (2006)

When their computer hacker friend accidentally channels a mysterious wireless signal, a group of co-eds rally to stop a terrifying evil from taking over the world.

Director:

Jim Sonzero

Writers:

Wes Craven (screenplay), Ray Wright (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kristen Bell ... Mattie
Ian Somerhalder ... Dexter
Christina Milian ... Isabelle Fuentes
Rick Gonzalez ... Stone
Jonathan Tucker ... Josh
Samm Levine ... Tim
Octavia Spencer ... Landlady (as Octavia L. Spencer)
Ron Rifkin ... Dr. Waterson
Joseph Gatt ... Dark Figure
Kel O'Neill ... Douglas Zieglar
Zach Grenier ... Professor Cardiff
Riki Lindhome ... Janelle
John Burke ... Newscaster
Mike J. Regan ... Phantom (as Mike Regan)
Steve Tom ... Male Newscaster #2
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Storyline

The hacker Josh invades the computer of Douglas Ziegler, who is developing a powerful wireless signal, and accidentally releases a mysterious force that takes the will to live of human beings, generating a suicide epidemic and increasing the force. His girlfriend and student of psychology, Mattie, sees each one of their common friends die and the destruction of the modern world, and together with her new acquaintance Dexter, they try to plan a virus developed by Josh in the network to shutdown the system and save mankind. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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You are now infected. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi terror, disturbing images, language, sensuality and thematic material | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The trailer features footage from the original Japanese film, called Kairo (2001). One shot in particular features a plane crashing. The shot was re-done for the final film. See more »

Goofs

When Mattie is at the college before going to Josh's apartment her hair is straight in pulled into a pony tail, when she arrives at the apartment it is loose and curly. Her shirt also changed from light blue to a white shirt with "Nothing Rhymes with Oranges" on the front. See more »

Quotes

Dexter McCarthy: I can still shut the system down.
Mattie Webber: Don't you get it? There's no system to shut down. They are the system.
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Connections

Referenced in Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Delay the Wait
Written by Jules Larson and Joz Ramirez
Performed by Overnight Lows
Courtesy of Jonathan Palmer Music
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User Reviews

 
strange...but not that bad (minor spoiler)
26 May 2006 | by bigstuff2020See all my reviews

I had just went to see a pre-screening of pulse last night, and I must say that it was not all that bad compared to recent horror films. The main problem with pulse is that in trying to be original it borrows from other films. I understand that this is an American version of a film from Japan. The film just reminded me of too many other films for me really to appreciate it. Once again this was a pre-screening and I am 100% sure that parts of the version I have seen will be changed. The other problem with pulse is that it is very hard to follow at times, and you are left to interpret the movie in your own way. The deaths are also very cheesy, and not really that creative. I am a huge horror fan and I was really interested to see this film because of the trailer that I very much enjoyed. The movie gets a boost in points for breaking away from the normal horror films we have been seeing as of late. Another thing that I had to pick at was the mediocre acting of the main star Kristen Bell. She just did not give a great performance...the rest of the cast with the exception of Ziagler give somewhat good performances. To continue on the scares were another part that bothered me..once again we see a pg13 movie relying on loud noises and crashes to make the audience jump...but on a brighter side there are a few scenes (the laundry room scene, and the car attack scene towards the end) that were actually pretty scary. One last thing the ending is not all that great, it is one of those things that you either love or hate...the audience at our screening mainly hated it, I will assume it will be changed come the release date. Overall "Pulse" is a decent horror film which is a step above the horror movies that I have seen as of late, just do not be surprised if you are left scratching your head after this film is over.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

11 August 2006 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,203,822, 13 August 2006

Gross USA:

$20,264,436

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$29,907,685
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2.35 : 1
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