Pulse (2005)



Critic Consensus: A sinister spine-tingling techno-thriller whose artistry lies in the power of suggestion rather than a barrage of blood and guts or horror shop special effects.

Movie Info

A website, which at first appears to be merely a scary hoax with an irresistible marketing ploy, turns out to be run by a sinister and deadly force. As people repeatedly tap into the site's frightening images of the dead, the supernatural force begins controlling their lives.

Rating: R (for some violent images.)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Kiyoshi Kurosawa
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 21, 2006
Magnolia Pictures - Official Site


as Kawashima

as Michi Kudo

as Harue

as Manager

as Michi's Mother

as Yoshizaki

as Boat Captain

as The Worker

as Man With Bag

as Student

as Student
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Critic Reviews for Pulse

All Critics (55) | Top Critics (19)

Where the average Japanese horror flick is petulant and nasty, Pulse is dolorous, shivery, and surreal.

Full Review… | February 24, 2006
Boston Globe
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | December 16, 2005
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | December 15, 2005
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

While it's rattling your nerves, Pulse leaves your brain wanting more.

Full Review… | December 2, 2005
Seattle Times
Top Critic

It's best just to give yourself over to its dizzy dreaminess and abstract analysis of the persistent, beckoning throb of the digital underground.

Full Review… | December 2, 2005
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

By the end of Pulse the world seemed a whole lot creepier place. I'm pretty sure that means it worked.

Full Review… | December 2, 2005
Detroit News
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Pulse

Not so creepy. Not so scary. Just seemed to never end....

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

A plague of ghosts abduct the living, leaving Tokyo and the world nearly deserted. Confusing, creepy, ambitious J-horror that tries to say something about modern loneliness.

Greg S

Super Reviewer

A computer programmer succumbs to depression and suicide after viewing a mysterious website featuring enigmatic figures in morbid situations. One of the original of the new wave of J Horrors, Pulse actually has a far stronger premise than most; that the spirit world has become vastly overpopulated and started to bleed into the living world. Unfortunately the story barely explores the implications of the idea til the last 20 minutes or so, leaving the vast majority of the rest of the film as a bunch of kids staring at pasty faced figures lurking in darkened corners and getting spooked by mysterious phone calls. In other words, exactly the same recipe as every other J Horror out there. It's quite atmospheric and the audio-visuals are occasionally interesting but by the time it had actually got to the point I didn't care any more. This may well be of interest to horror aficionados, but I'm just bored of the whole genre

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

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