Based on the Japanese horror movie “Kairo,” “Pulse” centers on a group of college students who discover that a computer hacker friend of theirs unwittingly pirated a strange wireless signal that opened a doorway for a terrifying evil to cross over into the world. As it spreads, everyone in its path is consumed, and the students must race to find a way to stop it.
“Pulse” is yet another example of the craze for American remakes of Japanese horror movies. Like “The Ring” and “The Grudge” before it, “Pulse” explores the idea of ghosts and the supernatural; however, in “Pulse” the ghosts have found a new point of access into the world of the living – cell phones and computers. As you might imagine, this film is filled with frightening imagery and themes that are not appropriate for young children. I will say, however, that the “Pulse” does not use blood or gore at all, but instead uses dim lighting and creepy images to frighten the audience. This is very refreshing, as filming as much blood and gore as possible seems to be a trademark of the modern horror movie. Still, peoples’ lives are being sucked out of them by the ghosts, and then their skin starts to rot, and eventually they disintegrate. Due to this frightening imagery and some of the characters’ behaviors, “Pulse” cannot be approved by Dove.