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Fatal Pulse

Michelle McCormick , Ken Roberts , Anthony J. Christopher    VHS Tape
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2.0 out of 5 stars An incredibly mediocre 1980s slasher film June 18 2010
By Daniel Jolley TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:VHS Tape
Let's say you're a coed living in a sorority house. In the past three days, three of your sorority sisters have been horribly murdered. Would you go out jogging alone, at night? No, only one of the many dumb characters in Fatal Pulse would do that. Any of you who follows my reviews (as if anyone actually does that) surely knows my great fondness for 1980s slashers, including more than a few of the really bad ones, but I'm afraid even I have to come down pretty hard on this one. As much as I love the 1980s, I have to admit it wasn't perfect. Amongst all the great hairstyles, for example, there were a few that were downright hideous - likewise with the music, as the decade's musical greatness makes the few examples of bad 80s music sound all the more painful. Fatal Pulse somehow manages to capture most of the few bad elements of the 1980s - heck, it even throws a talent-challenged adult film actor (but not Ron Jeremy, thank goodness) into the mix as a hapless homicide detective.

So let's see. Someone is killing coeds from the AOK sorority house at the rate of one per day. We can only hope that Lisa (Michelle McCormick), the prettiest of the bunch, isn't near the top of the killer's agenda (although that attitude may change after an hour or so of her whining theatrics). Never one to let a crisis go to waste, Jeff (Ken Roberts) decides it's the perfect time to try and win Lisa back (after having dumped her for her slutty, recently-deceased sorority sister Stephanie). That doesn't go over too well with Jeff's ex-best buddy Brad, who wants Lisa for himself. Could Jeff or Brad be the killer? Or could it be Ernie (Joe Estevez), the weird Vietnam vet who actually lives in and takes care of the sorority house? What about the professor Jeff works for?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Above average B-horror Sept. 30 2002
By TReed - Published on Amazon.com
Format:VHS Tape
First, this movie is bad. But it is supposed to be bad, so take this review in proper context.
The one memorable thing about this movie is that the killer always seems to tear the female victims' shirts off before he kills them. In one scene, he breaks through a door, pulling the female's shirt up enough to see her boobs during the process, and tosses her out the window. When she lands, you can see the tarp from the air mattress shoot up in the air - the editing is awful.
In another scens, he ties up a woman, hooks electrical wires to her, cuts off her shirt, and electrocutes her.
If you want a good laugh with plenty of gratuitous boob shots/shirt rips, this one is for you. Apparently the killer in this movie has a problem against chicks dying with their shirt intact, but in this case, that's not such a bad thing.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Good Idea, Poor Execution Aug. 9 2001
By Stuart Jones - Published on Amazon.com
Format:VHS Tape
Fatal Pulse is a typical horror b-movie with a few exception. The typical parts are poor filming, an unknown cast and VERY bad acting. The cast puts about as much effort in the acting as a worker who just recieved his lay off notice. The unusal part of the movie is they actually show all the creative violent death scenes. Most movies just cut away during any such scenes. Not a great movie, but each to their own.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Trashy late '80s direct to video slasher April 29 2011
By Tom P. the Underground Navigator - Published on Amazon.com
Format:VHS Tape
By the late '80s, just about the only slasher movies being put out by the major studios consisted of the seemingly endless line of big budget Hollywood "Friday the 13th," "Halloween," and "Nightmare on Elm Street" sequels. Yet there was still an entirely separate market for viewers at video rental stores, where for a few bucks you could choose from among a shelf full of mostly no-name, low budget, direct to video titles that mimicked what was being done or had been done in the past by the major studios, just usually, not nearly as effectively. I still recall as a kid in the late '80s staring longingly at the covers of the many slasher movie video titles that our local Mom and Pop store had to offer.

One obscure entry that sprung from this era was Anthony J. Christopher's "Fatal Pulse," filmed in 1987 and released in early '88. Unlike the trend of say your "Sorority House Massacre" (1986) to have some "Elm Street" derived sup-plot involving weird dreams and nightmares, Christopher instead went for yet another facsimile of the archetypal slasher template of the past -- a killer loose in a sorority house, with the young women involved being picked off one by one, and complete with your typical cast of males who are slasher movie stereotypes and always suspects to the crime. In "Fatal Pulse," you have your weird, middle aged Martin Sheen lookalike Ernie who serves as the maintenance man for the sorority. You have your seemingly clean-cut Jeff who is also the possible perpetrator, along with his pot smoking, wisecracking do-nothing burnout roommate, who is supposed to provide comic relief I would assume. In other words, if you're a slasher movie fan like I am, "Fatal Pulse's" script by James Hundhausen is something you've seen done many times before.

That being said, the movie is not however without some interest. All of the girls involved are very attractive, and lead protagonist Michelle McCormick has a certain appeal and is one of the few in the film who seems to have at least some previous acting experience. And, as other reviewers have offered, the film makers made sure that each of these fine women (with the exception of Michelle) bared a bit of skin prior to their untimely and sometimes very brutal and prolonged deaths.

My guess is that "Fatal Pulse" was made by some young film school graduates with not much money to spare but a real desire to emulate slasher movies of the past and be as trashy and explicit as possible. In that sense I kind of enjoyed it but in the end just found it a little too amateurish and lacking in real conviction and originality to really recommend it. But if you want to see lovely half naked girls being drowned, electrocuted, and have their throats slit with 12" vinyl records then "Fatal Pulse" does in that way deliver the goods. Not really a good movie but I'd still love to see a legitimate DVD release of this. Hopefully some underground DVD company will wise up and be willing to give digital rebirth to this long forgotten and rather controversial piece of video exploitation.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Predictability is bliss Aug. 4 2005
By Anders Nissen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:VHS Tape
Not too subtle horror movie, where the murderer kills the girls in different manners. Entertaining, yes. Predictable, yes. But it seems to be intented to be predictable. As if the makers were thinking that "stupid is clever". It kind of works.

The mid-80's was fantastic. Jazzdance, bikes with drop handlebar, jeans that don't fit, t-shirts neatly tucked into the jeans.

A lot of nudity, which of course is morally questionable. At least it serves the overall purpose of the movie. Predictability. All girls who show their breasts on screen get killed, and noone who doesn't. In other words, appearing topless is what the philosophers call "the necessary and sufficient condition" to be killed.

While one may think that conscious predicibility is fun, and that stupidness for a purpuse is art, we may have to remind ourselves that fun doesn't necessarily mean good. And while "stupid is clever" kind of works, we also know that stupid is stupid.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very good movie Nov. 14 2013
By bob j t - Published on Amazon.com
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
The item arrived on time and was just as expected. It played as expected and is a very good movie. I like this product and highly recommend the seller. I am very satisfied with this purchase.
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