Pulse 2


by Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)

Pulse was an English-language remake of an Asian horror film. Mankind was threatened when the dead found a way to return to our plane of existence through cell phones and the wireless internet.

In Pulse 2, mankind has been almost completely destroyed by the soulless ghosts. The cities and all hotbeds of technology are ruled by the ghosts. The only safe places for humans are those where cell phone signals can't reach. The storyline is about two divorced parents fighting over their child. Oh, sure, mothers usually end up with custody, but in this instance her case is a bit weaker than usual, given that she is dead. That's a partial spoiler. At the beginning of the film neither we nor she are aware that she has joined the choir invisible, and we follow her pursuit from her point of view.

How could she not know she was dead? The ghosts, you see have their own issues. They don't like to be dead, and they have found that wireless technology allows them to fight back to our world, and even to get their spirits inside the body of a living person. It seems at first that they have successfully re-entered the living plane. Unfortunately for them, after all that work they have various experiences which demonstrate that they are still dead. In the mother's case, for example, she gets cut several times with a knife, but does not bleed. C'est le morte!

The living father makes every effort to get his little girl someplace where the mother can't reach her. He hears of an area in the Midwest somewhere which is a safe harbor, and he makes his way there in his SUV ...

This straight-to-vid film is a blend of positives and negatives.

On the negative side:

There are some inconsistencies in the film's reality. (For example, why does the electrical grid still work? There are street lamps and neon lights working in the deserted cities. Are ghosts maintaining the power plants?)

The special effects are very poor. Too many scenes are done with green-screen effects, and not the high tech kind we have seen in movies like Sin City. The results look more like the hosted TV horror shows from the sixties, where it was obvious that the Chiller or Mr. Inviso was acting in front of a green screen because he and the background seemed to be different colors or textures or to be moving at different speeds. This sort of problem would not normally be a matter of great concern to me, but in this film the effects are so poor that they break the fourth wall and pull us out of the story because we constantly notice the technical problems.

The only person who can save the world is Future Elmo, and only if he is wearing some 3-D glasses left over from the original screening of Creature from the Black Lagoon. (See below.)

On the positive side:

The film maintains a spooky atmosphere in general, and has several genuinely tense/scary scenes.

I award a gold star for a daring surprise ending. It was totally appropriate within the film's context, but I never thought they would have the cojones to kill the good guy brutally in the middle of a sentimental scene.

There is an inventive nude scene from Boti Bliss, who plays the father's girlfriend. Sequels to remakes of Asian horror films will not soon make my list of favorite cinema experiences, but I was impressed with this unusual and oddly erotic scene.


* widescreen







No major reviews online.







4.6 IMDB summary (of 10)







Straight to DVD.






  • Boti Bliss does full frontal nudity. She shows her breasts clearly in good light before she becomes a ghost, then shows a fuzzy full frontal in her ghastly avatar.


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Our Grade:

If you are not familiar with our grading system, you need to read the explanation, because the grading is not linear. For example, by our definition, a C is solid and a C+ is a VERY good movie. There are very few Bs and As. Based on our descriptive system, this film is a:


It has enough positives to be of interest to genre fans (and Boti Bliss fans)