Jim Sonzero is the director of the 2006 remake horror Pulse. In 2009 he was the creative director of cinematics for Resident Evil 5. He wrote and directed War of the Angels, a 1999 drama staring Matthew Carey as a Nazi radio star who struggles with his patriotism and morals during the imminent fall of Nazi Germany. In addition to films, Sonzero directed the music video “Can’t Let Go” by Mariah Carey.
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Kairo is a Japanese horror film that is based on the novel of the same name by Kiyoshi Kurosawa, who also directed the film. The film was released in 2001 and since has collected a cult following. Pulse is the American re-make of this film, and although there are some minor changes in the plot, the idea for both films is essentially the same.
Kairo seems to have a few more details than Pulse as to what the ghosts are, spirits somehow spilling out of the afterlife because it is full, and using the internet to do so, but overall it is similarly vague as to how, and why they then kill the living.
The movie is based in Tokyo, which slowly begins emptying of inhabitants who disappear, leaving black stains, just like in Pulse. The Japanese storyline follows two characters who meet up later in the film. Kudo Michi (played by Kumiko Aso) is a woman working at a plant sales company, who is the equivalent of Kristen Bell’s character, Mattie in Pulse, and Kawashima Ryosuke (played by Haruhiko Katô) who is the equivalent of Ian Somerhalder’s character. Ryosuke seems to play more of a major role in Kairo than Dexter in Pulse, but dies in the end, where as Dexter survives.
The theme of loneliness and alienation is more prominent in the Japanese version of this movie, blaming technology and the internet as a force driving people apart, where as in Pulse, it is only slightly mentioned by Mattie’s therapist regarding the suicide of her boyfriend. Perhaps the slight modernization of Kairo in Pulse took away from the original story, or perhaps the public is too internet savvy these days to experience same kind of fear as its original audience, but either way this original technological horror flick, is worth watching.
Samm Levine plays Tim in the 2006 horror film Pulse. He is best known for his role as Neal on the excellent but short lived television series Freaks and Geeks on NBC. Since Freaks and Geeks, Samm Levine has made appearances in Spin City, Boston Public, Yes Dear, Undeclared, The Drew Carey Show, That’s So Raven, That ’70s Show, How I Met Your Mother, My Name Is Earl, Entourage, and Family Guy. He also played a small role along side his Pulse co-star Kirsten Bell in Veronica Mars.
Samm Levine’s movie roles include Not Another Teen Movie, Club Dread, Anderson’s Cross, Sydney White, What I Like About You, and he is one of the Inglorious Bastards in the Quentin Tarantino movie, Inglorious Bastards. Levine is also the youngest member of the New York Friars’ Club. Though he’s yet to play a leading role, this supporting actor from Chicago Illinois is a recognizable face in any cast.
Rick Gonzalez appears in Pulse, the 2006 thriller as the character Stone, who is friends with the main character Mattie, played by Kristin Stewart. Gonzalez first started acting when he was young, taking part in every school play he could. His first role was as Sanchez in the small made for TV movie, Thicker Than Blood. His first on screen role was as Ricky in the movie Mambo Café and later participated in the film Prince of Central Park.
After moving to LA in 2000 he appeared in a small role in Crocodile Dundee, The Rookie, Biker Boyz, and played the role of Tom Cruz in Coach Carter. He appeared in a few music videos for songs that were featured on the Coach Carter soundtrack, Snitch by Obie Trice and All Night Long by Red Café. Gonzalez is best known for his role in Old School with Will Ferrel, Vince Vhaughn and Luke Wilson and also appeared in War of The Worlds as the character Vincent. Gonzalez has also appeared in a few television shows, Law And Order, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Touched By An Angel, and Reaper.
Christina Milian plays the best friend of Kristen Bell in the 2006 horror movie Pulse. Though Milian is best known for her music, this Jersey girl originally wanted to be an actress. Her first role was in Love Don’t Cost A Thing and appeared as a main character in Be Cool. She played a minor role in the 2009 film, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past as Keelia and stared in the lead role of Bring It On: Fight To The Finish.
Milian has seen some success with her music, her first self titled album made an appearance on the UK charts, “AM to PM” and “When You Look At Me” both peaking in the top 3. Her first American single, “Dip It Low” was released in 2004 on her album “It’s About Time” and has since released two more albums, “So Amazin’” and “Elope”. A year after releasing her latest album Elope, featuring a single ballad, Us Against The World, this actress / musician eloped herself in Las Vegas to singer songwriter The-Dream.
Kristen Bell plays the leading role as Mattie in the 2006 horror film Pulse. First recognized for her leading role in Veronica Mars (2004-2007), where she plays a young private investigator, Bell has since been a voice actor for the popular video game Assassin’s Creed and the newly released Assassin’s Creed II. She is the narrator of the popular television show, Gossip Girl. She has had major roles in the movies Fan Boys, Couples Retreat, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and even appeared in twelve episodes of Heroes.
Born in Michigan Detroit, she became interested in drama and dance when she was in high school. Kristen Bell had an agent by the time she was 13 and appeared in her first credited role in the American comedy, Pootie Tang.
She seems to be the favorite of many geeky boys out there, especially after her role as a star wars fan girl in Fan Boys (dressed in the famous Princess Leia bikini) and her likeness and voice being used for Lucy Stillman in Assassin’s Creed. She was voted the fourth sexiest woman on television by Wizard magazine and was named “One of the 11 People You’d Most Want To See Naked” by Jane magazine. Bell is currently working on three films that will be released in 2010; When In Rome, You Again, and Burlesque.