Pulse (1988 film)

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Directed by Paul Golding
Produced by Patricia A. Stallone
Written by Paul Golding
Starring Cliff De Young
Roxanne Hart
Joey Lawrence
Matthew Lawrence
Music by Jay Ferguson
Cinematography Peter Lyons Collister
Edited by Gib Jaffe
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date
March 4, 1988
Running time
95 minutes
Language English
Box office $40,397[1]

Pulse is a 1988 science-fiction horror film written and directed by Paul Golding, drawing influence from previous works of science fiction and horror, and starring Cliff De Young, Roxanne Hart, Joseph Lawrence, and Matthew Lawrence. The film's title refers to a highly aggressive and intelligent pulse of electricity that terrorizes the occupants of a suburban house in Los Angeles, California. The film was produced through Columbia Pictures and the Aspen Film Society and distributed by Columbia Pictures. The titular Pulse and its accompanying elements were designed by Cinema Research.


A highly aggressive, paranormal intelligence thriving within the electrical grid system of Los Angeles, California is moving from house to house. It terrorizes the occupants by taking control of the appliances, killing them or causing them to wreck the house in an effort to destroy it. Once this has been accomplished, it travels along the power lines to the next house, and the terror restarts. Having thus wrecked one household in a quiet, suburban neighborhood, the pulse finds itself in the home of a boy's divorced father whom he is visiting. It gradually takes control of everything, injuring the stepmother, and trapping father and son, who must fight their way out.



The film was promoted by the taglines "It traps you in your house...then pulls the plug," "In every second of every day, it improves our lives. And in a flash, it can end them," and also "the ultimate shocker."


Pulse has a 58% approval rating at the online review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes based on 12 reviews.[2]


The musical score for Pulse was composed by Jay Ferguson, who also composed "Pictures of You" from the soundtrack to The Terminator and of "Prologue/Elm Street Kids", the main theme from A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child.


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