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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.

Director:

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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

David Morse and Tommy Lee Jones both auditioned for the role of Bill. See more »

Goofs

When David enters the house across the street, an inner wall electrical box with metal conduit is seen on the exterior of a wall in a first floor room on top of the charred wallpaper. See more »

Quotes

Stevie: And when she turned it on it shot that metal thing right up into her face, shot it up just like a gun. Isn't that bad? It shot it up right through her eyeball!
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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 »

Connections

References King Kong (1933) See more »

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Boring and Worthless
4 April 2000 | by catalyst72See all my reviews

If you have 90 minutes to subject yourself to the most boring, incoherent plot then this is your movie. Yes electricity was supposed to be the main subject matter but somehow this electrical energy was able to shut and lock doors. Not a likely situation. The movie did have some value, if it wasn't for Roxanne Hart a very worthy redhead i would have thrown the video across the room before my mind melted from boredom. It seemed as though there was a budget for this pathetic excuse for a movie and that actually made it worse if that was possible. I don't see this movie fitting under the horror movie category seeing as there was no gore,no real darkness, no cultish humor that sometimes exists in horror movies. Definitely lacked the thrills to be a thriller besides being insulted by the attempt at suspense. I give this movie a 1-of-10 only because sound was at least fair, and there was at least a decent woman to help me through the lack of mental stimulation.


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