Pulse

2001, Horror/Mystery & thriller, 1h 59m

54 Reviews 10,000+ Ratings

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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. Read critic reviews

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After college student Taguchi (Kenji Mizuhashi) commits suicide, a number of young adults living in Tokyo witness terrifying visions transferred across the Internet. As more people disappear throughout the city, the Internet becomes a breeding ground for malevolent spirits. Three seemingly disconnected stories follow Michi (Kumiko Aso), Ryosuke (Haruhiko Katô) and Harue (Koyuki) as they attempt to solve the mystery behind the ghostly visions that are seeping beyond their computer monitors.

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  • Oct 25, 2021
    Probably a little too long but it deserves a lot of credit for being one of the few movies from the early 00s that saw the internet as an apocalyptic force that would isololate rather than unite and infect rather than educate.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Apr 30, 2016
    There is a nice movie about alienation and loneliness in the age of Internet lost in the middle of this silly, heavy-handed mess that, despite being effectively creepy, dark and oppressive, tries too hard to have a "message" and be profound (to the point of obviousness).
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 02, 2013
    Incredibly creepy, soaked in pure dread, and underlined with social commentary about the dark side of the digital world. Pulse isn't about the ghost's boo, it's about the horrible thought of being so depressed, so upset, and having the overwhelming sensation of loneliness to the point that you don't mind being the ghost yourself.
    ZACHO D Super Reviewer
  • Oct 23, 2012
    Not so creepy. Not so scary. Just seemed to never end....
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer

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