The premise: "Japanese university students investigate a series of suicides linked to an Internet Web cam that promises visitors the chance to interact with the dead."
The genre boxes: Supernatural horror
The reaction: The eyes. Oh God, the eyes.
The part where I say more things about it: This was so much fun. It checked all the boxes for a great horror movie: it was atmospheric, it had silly bits, it had "Wait! No, stop. I don't actually want to watch this any more" moments. It even had some great, classic horror movie music. And it didn't keep me up or stay with me in a here-I-am-folding-laundry-when-suddenly-TERROR way.
Which, to clarify, is a good thing.
Some parts seemed over the top, acting-wise, but hey. It's horror. It's how they do. And the story was a great jumping off point for the scares.
NB: If you or someone in listening range of this movie has tinnitus, be aware that there's a high-pitched hum that plays through probably 80% of the movie. Neil (this house's tinnitus sufferer) says that regular ear plugs cut out most of the badness, but some parts are still pretty intense.
The verdict: A great movie for RIP season. Watch it if you're looking for some scares with a dash of quirk and you don't want to have to sleep with the light on, holding a chef's knife. Because that's just dangerous. Pulse was a thoroughly satisfying horror movie without being oppressively terrifying. Humongous thanks to Kayleigh M at Nylon Admiral for the recommendation. All the candy corn for you.