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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

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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:

The ultimate shocker. 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
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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 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: [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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Low voltage.
10 April 2004 | by vertigo_14See all my reviews

I really didn't like Pulse, but I don't think that it's fair for me to say that it was a bad movie. I just don't like family horror films, those rated PG stories where there may be some action and suspense, but there are no body counts, blood, cursing, and what not that you'd find in your average horror movie.

Pulse is the story of a spirit living in the form of electricity and it killed the previous owner of a house that David is spending the summer in with his dad and stepmom. The spirit lives on and is ready for it's next victims. Only David can figure this out (of course), though he can't seem to convince either parents that he's not crazy and that there really is a dangerous spirit looming about.

Even if you're not a kid, but somewhat nostalgic about teens stars of the 80s, you will get a healthy dose of pre-teen Joey Lawrence and his unbelievably tiny brother Matt, who plays inquisitive little next door neighbor, Stevie.


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