Both Kairo and Pulse have similar storylines yet they are two different types of horror films that are typical of each culture. In Kairo the scare element is more a psychological and creepy kind of horror that leaves you wondering what will happen next. In Pulse, the aspect of fear is rooted in the element of surprise and unexpected action that is supposed to immediately scare the audience.
The acting in Kairo and Pulse were very different in the way that the characters reacted in each situation. In Kairo, when a character saw a ghost, they weren’t immediately scared and didn’t run away as we would expect them to. Rather, they seemed more curious about the ghosts than frightened of them. This is shown in the scene where one of the characters reaches out to grab the ghost and realizing that he can still physically touch him. In Pulse, the reaction to seeing ghosts is typical of what we would expect: screaming in panic and running away from it all. The subtleness of Kairo makes the aura of mystery more strange and eerie, whereas in Pulse there are more fast-paced, scary action scenes.
Both films were similar in that the lighting was low-key which played up the contrast and accentuates the shadows. In both films, the weather was always cloudy or gloomy, never fully sunny. This foreshadows the bad events that are going to occur and makes the mood more eerie. Although these two films are similar in the storyline, the way the plot is set is very different. The plot of Kairo is slower paced and the fear is purely psychological which makes the mood more somber and gives us a feeling of helplessness. In Pulse, the plot is very climactic and fast-paced with lots of action scenes and surprise scares.