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Pulse (2006)



Critic Consensus: Another stale American remake of a successful Japanese horror film, Pulse bypasses the emotional substance of the original and overcompensates with pumped-up visuals and every known horror cliche.

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Imagine our wireless technologies made a connection to a world beyond our own. Imagine that world used that technology as a doorway into ours. Now, imagine the connection we made can't be shut down. When you turn on your cell phone or log on to your e-mail, they'll get in, you'll be infected, and they'll be able to take from you what they don't have anymore--life.

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Kristen Bell
as Mattie Webber
Ian Somerhalder
as Dexter McCarthy
Christina Milian
as Isabell Fuentes
Jonathan Tucker
as Josh Ockmann
Samm Levine
as Tim Steinberg
Ron Rifkin
as Dr. Waterson
Joseph Gatt
as Dark Figure
Kel O'Neill
as Douglas Zieglar
Tate Hanyok
as Cafe Girl
Amanda Tepe
as Grad Student/Margaret
Zach Grenier
as Professor Cardiff
Corryn Cummins
as Crying Girl
John Burke
as Newscaster No. 1
Julie Lancaster
as Female Newscaster
Lee Oliver Boyd
as Newscaster No. 2
Steve Tom
as Newscaster No. 2
Di Quon
as Christina
Brad Dourif
as Thin Bookish Guy
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Critic Reviews for Pulse

All Critics (74) | Top Critics (27)

The unanswered questions in the original added to the mood, but by trying to answer even just a few of them, this Pulse just gets more confusing and less scary.

March 24, 2007
Top Critic

As the ghosts suck the life out of their victims, the audience suffers the same fate.

September 23, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

A remake that ain't an upgrade.

September 5, 2006 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

A handful of creepy visuals can't make up for a mountain of shortcomings.

August 19, 2006 | Rating: 2/5

A curiously dull Americanization of one of the finest examples of subtle, moody J-horror out there.

August 19, 2006 | Rating: 0.5/5 | Full Review…

It would have been a lot scarier if the film's college kids, haunted by comrades who stare back at them from cyber-hell, looked like they had lives worth saving.

August 18, 2006 | Rating: C-

Audience Reviews for Pulse

What is the deal with remaking excellent horror films? The films are terrific to begin with. There's nothing wrong with them, the only thing is that the American Studios want to cash in on the remake because they're so greedy and don't give a shit about destroying classics. With the remake of Kairo, now titled Pulse, we get just that. The film is a recipe for disaster. There is nothing good to be found within. The entire film is waste of Celluloid and it's just a big stylish special effects extravaganza. A good horror film uses atmosphere to build its horror, but this remake uses special effects, and it works badly. Although not as bad as the sequels, Pulse is still a sloppily made horror remake that just doesn't cut. The acting, story and directing are all terrible, and there's nothing going on that will appeal to the diehard horror fan. This is a pointless, awful remake of great film and it scraps the bottom of the barrel when it comes to trying to outdo the original. On the rare occasion a remake works, but 97% of the time, it doesn't. One reason they fail is because they never capture the essence, the creativity, the richness of the original film. Pulse is yet another awful horror remake and it doesn't work whatsoever. Luckily, it will be forgotten in the next ten years.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

I actually liked this a lot more than I thought I would, basically taking the virtual ghost idea to a new level. A really interesting look is given to the movie which will undoubtedly remind you of The Ring. However, this is way more of a post-apocalyptic premise that was disguised as thriller with a final solution in hand. This really doesn't have a definite ending, nor is it a mystery. A lot of why this works has to do with Kristen Bell and Ian Somerhalder. Without them, this could've been really cheesy. However, the above average acting makes this a pretty believable movie in the end. It's effective and definitely worth watching.

Conner Rainwater
Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer


Not bad, but quite strange scary and has loads with terrifying thrills and gruesome special effects. Kristen Bell doesn't give a great performance and the rest of the cast with the exception of Ziagler give somewhat good performances. Horror remake of Japanese's 2001 Kairo.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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