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      Pulse

      PG-13 Released Mar 4, 1988 1 hr. 31 min. Sci-Fi List
      64% 14 Reviews Tomatometer 29% 2,500+ Ratings Audience Score A boy (Joey Lawrence) tries to warn his father (Cliff De Young) and stepmother (Roxanne Hart) about their unsafe household appliances. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Jan 02 Buy Now

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      steve d Done better countless times, Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review kevin c A young boy begins to suspect the electricity in his house is trying to kill him and his family just as it did his neighbor across the street. Hard part is convincing his dad. This was better than I expected. Joey Lawrence plays the young boy. Some pretty interesting kill attempts in this one. Still holds up well for an eighties movie. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review marco b Electricity decides to become a murderer in a quiet suburban town. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Joel C This is one of those films that had all the production in the right places but just didn't work well. Where it falls short is the script, mostly dialogue and character, plus the fact it was mimicking a few family based horror films before it. The FX look great and filming was good enough. My favourite character was the little kid next door who plays with G.I. Joes and always says "That's bad!" lol Rated 3 out of 5 stars 05/23/21 Full Review Audience Member While Pulse remains an exercise in style and suspense, Golding's first and only directorial effort isn't without flaws. Inaccurately marketed as a slasher, gorehounds may be disappointed with the lack of bloodshed. As Golding stated later, "obviously the horror genre has changed. I wanted to do something that was much more focussed on suspense rather than blood." Admittedly, the director creates an impressive amount of apprehension. However, Pulse often feels like it should be a short story featured in Tales of the Crypt (1989-1996). Throughout the short 90-minute runtime, the director's reluctant to create any thrilling sequences until the final act, meaning it sadly lacks the bite required to make it a memorable tech horror. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/17/23 Full Review Audience Member A lot cooler than I was expecting. The parallels it draws to today and people's inability to unplug makes it rather timely. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 05/13/18 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Boston Globe Rated: 3/4 Feb 25, 2006 Full Review Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle Rated: 3/5 Jan 8, 2006 Full Review Peter Travers Rolling Stone Rated: 3/4 Dec 6, 2005 Full Review Kevin Wight The Wee Review Apart from the likeable performances and some surprisingly nifty special effects, there is little else to get the pulse racing. Rated: 3 Feb 17, 2021 Full Review Daniel Kasman d+kaz. intelligent movie reviews Rated: B+ Dec 6, 2005 Full Review Reel.com Rated: 4/4 Dec 6, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis A boy (Joey Lawrence) tries to warn his father (Cliff De Young) and stepmother (Roxanne Hart) about their unsafe household appliances.
      Director
      Paul Golding
      Executive Producer
      William E. McEuen
      Screenwriter
      Paul Golding
      Production Co
      Aspen Film Society, Columbia Pictures Corporation
      Rating
      PG-13
      Genre
      Sci-Fi
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Mar 4, 1988, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jan 1, 2012
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $23.6K
      Sound Mix
      Surround
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