Not just the scariest sample of J-horror I've yet seen, but also the most profound
It's scary, it's depressing, it's engrossing, and it's good.
in the labyrinthine fabric of Pulse, different characters must all, one by one, confront their own isolation, insignificance and deepest, darkest despair.
Some find it pulse-pounding, while others might be so bored they will have to check to make sure they still have a pulse by the time it's all over.
Where the average Japanese horror flick is petulant and nasty, Pulse is dolorous, shivery, and surreal.
| Original Score: 3/4
(The remake) looks like it will hit the right notes, especially for American horror fans. But I don't think it will hear the mournful music of the original.
| Original Score: 3/4
Pulse's craft as a dread-fest is superb.
| Original Score: 8/10
Even the technology, employed to aesthetic end, creates less a sense of visual poetics than of out-of-date-ness.
It's an apocalyptic ghost story with some eerie images and a surprising turn toward the end, but it bogs down considerably between the good scenes.
| Original Score: 2/4
Pulse is emptied and perplexing at trying length.
Kurosawa... scares the bejeezus out of us.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
It's not about blood, gore and oozing innards but unsettling creepiness that gets under a moviegoer's skin and makes the hairs stand up on the back of your neck.
| Original Score: B-
The second half of Pulse, in which it becomes clear that the entire planet is being rather swiftly depopulated, is worth the build-up.
...genuinely creepy in a slow and steady way.
Still creepier than any of your other '05 slash-by-number horror films.
| Original Score: 6/10
Kurosawa... fills the film with an eerie emptiness, where suicides erupt out of nowhere and mankind dissolves in an oily smudge of hopelessness...
| Original Score: A
While it's rattling your nerves, Pulse leaves your brain wanting more.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
It's best just to give yourself over to its dizzy dreaminess and abstract analysis of the persistent, beckoning throb of the digital underground.
By the end of Pulse the world seemed a whole lot creepier place. I'm pretty sure that means it worked.
| Original Score: B
Kurosawa's concept of an instant-messenger-aided apocalypse is honestly one of the eeriest, most lyrical visions I've ever seen on a screen.