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Pulse (1988)

Terry Beaver , Cliff De Young  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Terry Beaver, Cliff De Young, Roxanne Hart, Myron Healey, Joseph Lawrence (II)
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 4, 2005
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000AM6ONK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,340 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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In today's world of modern conveniences, everything we rely on is run by electricity. But what happens if the power we take for granted turns against us? Old man Holger (Charles Tyner) knows. He claims electricity is a living presence, whose voice can only be silenced by getting rid of anything that can hear it. Bill Rockland (Cliff De Young), however, refuses to believe him. It must have been anaccident when an electric spark ruptured the gas pipe that nearly killed Bill's son (Joey Lawrence). And it's surely a coincidence when his wife (Roxanne Hart) is severely scalded by their electric water heater. But when his own power tools attack him and an electrical fire turns their home into ablazing inferno, Bill realizes Holger may have been right after all, and perhaps the time has come to finally pull the plug.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A LESS THAN ELECTRIFYING TALE OF TERROR... September 8, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
This is a moderately entertaining film about a house in which the electricity, the appliances, the boiler, the garbage disposal, the television, the water...ok,ok, you get my drift...become deadly threats to those who live in that house.
Eleven year old David (Joey Lawrence) goes to stay with his father, Bill (Cliff De Young), and his second wife, Ellen (Roxanne Hart), David's new step-mother, for the summer in their new house. They do everything to make him comfortable. David learns from a neighborhood friend, however, that the house next door was destroyed in a terrible, violent tragedy that cost the occupants their lives.
One night while home alone, David notices that the television seems to take on a life of its own. Soon, he begins to hear the house pulsating, as does Ellen. Bill, however, decides otherwise, thinking them inordinately paranoid, until he, too, hears the pulsating. Then, look out! It is every man for himself.
There is a fair amount of tension in the film, but it is still fairly predictable. The performances, however, are good, and the film manages to entertain, if not electrify, the viewer. It is a film worth renting, not buying.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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I have a mental block...whenever I hear the name of actor Cliff De Young, I immediately picture Dennis De Young, former lead singer of the band Styx. So when I saw Cliff De Young was one of the stars of the film Pulse (1988), I thought to myself "Wow, I didn't know Mr. Roboto made a movie." Interestingly enough, Cliff did actually start out in the music industry in a band called Clear Light, in the late 1960s. Once the group broke up, he began appearing on Broadway, eventually making it into movies. Written and directed by Paul Golding (Beat Street), the film Pulse features, as I mentioned, Cliff De Young (The Hunger, F/X, The Skateboard Kid), who, as far as I can tell, has no relation to the former lead singer of the band Styx, along with Roxanne Hart (Highlander), and Joseph `Joey' Lawrence (Summer Rental, Adventures in Babysitting). Also appearing is Charles Tyner (The Longest Yard, The Outlaw Josey Wales, Evilspeak), Robert `Mike Damone' Romanus (Fast Times at Ridgemont High), and brother to Joey, Matthew Lawrence (Planes, Trains & Automobiles, Mrs. Doubtfire) the Lawrence's implement some kind of contractual obligation where depending on which one you want in your film, you must also take one of the brothers?

All right, the film starts off with lighting striking a power station, and an odd surge makes its way through the system...well, I don't suppose that good for anyone. Following the power lines out, we're eventually taken to a Californian suburb, specifically the home of Bill (De Young) and Ellen (Hart) Rockland. Seems there's a disturbance, followed by silence, in the house across the street, and the police are called. What the authorities find isn't pretty (a dead body), but certainly odd (severe, electrical and flooding damage).
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3.0 out of 5 stars Destroy Your Home, Before It Destroys You!... October 23, 2008
PULSE is about electricity gone bad. A young boy named David (Joey Lawrence) travels from his mum's home in Colorado to stay w/ his dad (Cliff De Young) in California. Little does he know that a freakish bolt of lightning has unleashed an evil, homicidal intelligence into the electric grid! This PULSE has taken up residence in a transformer just outside David's new abode, and has already jolted a neighbor to death! I was expecting another hilarious appliances-gone-mad movie like GHOST IN THE MACHINE, and was a bit disappointed by the ultra-slow build-up and lack of killer dishwashers, but the story was fairly engaging in a sappy sort of way. Joey Lawrence was a decent actor for his age, and should have done more than become a teen semi-icon. Oh well...
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars some scenes didn't make sense! June 18, 2004
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
The movie was pretty good overall, but some of the scenes didn't make sense. Like the scene where the boy is in the garage and the "pulse" splits the gas pipe and jams the motor of the garage door opener. If the thing only moves through the electrical wires, then how did it get into the gas line? Also the door to the kitchen was mysteriously locked. The shower scene is also far fetched. I understand how the pulse could make the water heater kick on, but thats it! How could it increase the water pressure, make the water scalding hot, jam the nozzle so the water couldn't shut off, and jam the shower door? It's all bacially bad luck.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK Movie but Superb transfer to DVD (2005 edition) July 27, 2008
By 3D-fan
I purchased this DVD from the bargain bin at a audio store and the movie itself was OK, more like a made-for-TV movie. While the acting was fine, the plot was somewhat weak. Unfortunately, as another reviewer note, no explanation was given as to why these strange occurences (the electricity gone berserk) were happening--what it meant--or what all of this was leading to. Instead, the individuals beset with these ordeals were thought to be merely crazy. The story would have been so much better if the script had been the story of one family's struggle against a more widespread phenomenon. These inexplicable events did happen across the street at the opening of the movie--it must have been also happening elsewhere. This change in plot would likely have resulted in a higher budget and a larger cast, and that is probably why it was not done. However, there is one segment towards the end of the film where the special effects are quite good; this helps redeem the movie.

The transfer to DVD of this 2005 edition is superb--one of the best that I have ever seen. The format is anamorphic widescreen, enhanced for 16 x 9 TV screens--so the image fills the entire screen. I did not realize that "Pulse" was a relatively old (1988) film--I thought it was a relatively new (later than 2005) movie, based on its fantastic picture and sound quality. I have a large-screen high-definition TV and a Toshiba 1080p HD DVD player. Viewed on this system, this movie looked outstanding: High-definition (crystal clear picture, no grain whatsoever, great color) with great sound quality to match. This film might be scary to a younger audience, but not to adults.
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4.0 out of 5 stars You'll think of this film the next time you see a dead patch of grass
I know this ins't an Oscar worthy film but for SciFi, it's pretty good. Whenever I see a dead patch of grass on an otherwise lush lawn, I think of this movie and look at the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by ReasoningReader
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Early 80's film about electricity having a mind of its own. Starring a young Joey Lawrence.
Published 3 months ago by Alissa Nicole Koblentz
4.0 out of 5 stars Pulse summary
Chose this because of the suspense and just liked the premise behind it. This would be fine for a younger audience. Very little cursing or violence.
Published 7 months ago by Debra R. Rollins
5.0 out of 5 stars Shocking Tale
This is an old "horror" film, though I use the term loosely. I think of it more as a sci-fi thriller. A good film nevertheless. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Endora Aphrattos
5.0 out of 5 stars Still creepy!
I enjoyed this movie when I was younger and I'm glad to see that I still do. I was happy to find it for such a good price on dvd.
Published 15 months ago by Sara Jayne
5.0 out of 5 stars Suspense Movies
Sometime I was lifted off the chair watching this movie. It make you wonder just how an alien might visit our world.
Published 22 months ago by Carl R. Kannady
5.0 out of 5 stars Pulse, a great movie
This movie had my attention from the beggining. The way the script was made; the actors, the plot, the overall experience was just fascinating. I highly recommend it.
Published 23 months ago by rudy indarte
3.0 out of 5 stars '80s horror
This is a pretty '80s movie which doesn't really push any boundaries. The characters are all pretty much one dimensional stereotypes. Read more
Published on August 23, 2012 by Dan P.
5.0 out of 5 stars My heart was racing durring ht eclimax.
I have watched this movie ever since it first came out on TV & I rewatch it every time I forget what happens. Read more
Published on July 19, 2010 by Lika Laruku
4.0 out of 5 stars "Good 80's Sci-Fi/Horror!"
Joey Lawrence and Cliff De Young star in this 1988
sci-fi/horror film. An electrical force terrorizes a boy
and his family. Read more
Published on April 21, 2010 by Gregorypwilson
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