Pulse 2: Afterlife
|Pulse 2: Afterlife|
|Directed by||Joel Soisson|
|Produced by||Michael Leahy|
|Written by||Joel Soisson|
|Music by||Elia Cmiral|
|Edited by||Kirk Morri|
|Distributed by||Dimension Extreme|
Pulse 2: Afterlife (also known on-screen as Pulse 2) is a 2008 horror film. It is a straight-to-DVD sequel to the 2006 film Pulse. The film is written and directed by Joel Soisson. The majority of the film's sets are actually photographs, with the actors inserted in. It was followed by Pulse 3: Invasion.
Stephen and his daughter Justine run from a wireless Internet ghost of Michelle, Stephen's late wife. The father and daughter stay at Stephen's cabin, away from the city. A short while after they get there, Stephen's girlfriend Marta arrives. As Stephen and Marta are about to get intimate, a laptop sitting on the table turns on, revealing continuous emails to Stephen from Michelle. Marta ends up hitting the laptop with a golf club, but while everyone is asleep, Stephen picks up the laptop and sends an e-mail to Michelle, causing her to appear at the cabin. Michelle kills Marta, but Stephen and Justine escape.
They are stopped by a man dressed in red, who commands Stephen at gunpoint to take him to a computer supply store and find a processor for him. With the processor, the man plans to find a solution for the world. Once Stephen completes this, the man gives him red tape and Stephen and Justine keep driving. They stop in the middle of a road, where Stephen covers the car in red tape. He and Justine fall asleep, but Stephen wakes up in the middle of the night to find the passenger-side door open and Justine missing. He manages to get Justine back before she touches her mother's ghost and they race back to the car.
The next day, Stephen peeks through the tape and sees a bus that is going to a refugee camp where wireless computer signals cannot reach. He and Justine get out, and he tells her to run straight to the bus. As they are about to reach it, Michelle appears. Stephen convinces his daughter that she should get on the bus and sacrifices himself to Michelle, saying that if she did not want to be lonely, she should take him and not their daughter. As she is about to touch his face, she backs off and disappears with a smile. Stephen is relieved and thanks her, but Marta's ghost clings to him and takes his soul. Marta then backs off and Michelle is shown standing there, smiling.
Justine is safely in the bus with other refugees and escapees unscathed.
- Jamie Bamber as Stephen
- Georgina Rylance as Michelle
- Karley Scott Collins as Justine
- Boti Bliss as Marta
- Todd Giebenhain as Man in Red
- Lee Garlington as Aunt Carmen
Bloody Disgusting rated it 1/5 stars and called it one of the worst sequels made, as it has strayed far from the original Japanese film, has distractingly bad special effects, and poor directing. Steve Barton of Dread Central rated it 1.5/5 stars and wrote, "If you thought it couldn’t get any worse, guess again." Michael Zupan rated it 1.5/5 stars and wrote, "Poor pacing, 'Colorforms' green screen effects, and some bad acting from the supporting cast, all play a hand in making this film fall apart."