Pulse

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Released 2003

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Director:
Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Released:
2003
Rating:
R
Pulse follows an electric current that has gained sentience from house to house, turning the modern conveniences against their owners. Once the home is destroyed, the presence moves on to the next home and next set of victims. Eleven-year-old David Rockland (Joseph Lawrence) is adjusting to life with his father, Bill (Cliff De Young), and stepmother, Ellen (Roxanne Hart), but something isn't right in the house. The television begins to have a mind of its own. The clothes dryer transforms its pilot light into a flamethrower, and the garbage disposal attacks Ellen. Bill was warned something was amiss by the neighbor Holger (Charles Tyner). Holger said electricity was a living force but Bill refuses to believe him, even after the house next door is destroyed in a suspicious fire. As the house takes his family hostage, Bill must fight back to save his family and stop the evil from continuing to spread. The 1988 science fiction film was written and directed by Paul Golding.moreless

Metacritic Score

  • 90

    The New York Times Anita Gates

    The most horrifying thing in Kiyoshi Kurosawa's fiercely original, thrillingly creepy Pulse (released as "Kairo," or "Circuit," in Japan) is the way the ghosts move.

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Carina Chocano

    Neither linear nor overly explained, Pulse completely dispenses with smash cuts, cymbal crashes and other editing tricks of the horror trade.

  • 70

    Variety Derek Elley

    Result is always watchable, occasionally creepy and teasingly pitched halfway between a genre riff and a genuine scarefest.

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