Riding the Bullet

2004

Riding the Bullet

Critics Consensus

Stephen King adaptation veteran director Mick Garris has lofty storytelling goals which ultimately flail and undercut the story's terror.

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A young man who has flirted with death is forced to come to terms with mortality in this tale of terror based on a story by Stephen King. Alan Parker (Jonathan Jackson) is a college student studying art at the University of Maine in 1969. Cursed with an over-active imagination, Alan constantly obsesses over the worst outcome of any situation, and when he begins to suspect his girlfriend, Jessica (Erika Christensen), is thinking of leaving him, it drives him to the brink of suicide. Shortly after this brush with death, Alan receives word that his mother, Jean (Barbara Hershey), has suffered a severe stroke and may not pull through. Alan grabs his jacket and hits the road, hoping to hitchhike the one hundred miles to the hospital. As it happens, Alan is trying to catch a ride on Halloween night, and after he's picked up by one George Staub (David Arquette), he realizes that he's riding the highway with a creature not of this Earth. Riding the Bullet was directed by Mick Garris, marking the fourth time the filmmaker has brought one of King's stories to the cinema or television screen.

Cast

Jonathan Jackson
as Alan Parker
David Arquette
as George Staub
Barbara Hershey
as Jean Parker
Erika Christensen
as Jessica Hadley
Barry W. Levy
as Julian Parker
Nicky Katt
as Ferris
Jeff Ballard
as Adolescent Alan
Howard Kaylan
as Apple Man
Peter LaCroix
as Mature Alan
Chris Gauthier
as Hector Passmore
Robin Nielsen
as Archie Howard
Matt Frewer
as Mr. Clarkson
Simon Webb
as Grim Reaper
Keith Dallas
as Orderly
Danielle Dunn-Morris
as Mrs. Janey McCurdy
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Critic Reviews for Riding the Bullet

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (17)

Audience Reviews for Riding the Bullet

  • Feb 20, 2017
    The short story was bad but it was still better than this confusing mess.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Dec 09, 2010
    I am so glad I did not pay to see this, however I'm still annoyed off that I wasted 2hrs of my night. There should be a law against making such crap If you have a lot of time to spare (and i mean a lot!) and absolutely nothing better to do, then still don't watch this movie as you will regret it.
    Mouhannad S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 19, 2009
    Riding the Bullet was Stephen Kings "depressed phase" work I assume. lol
    Wahida K Super Reviewer
  • Oct 20, 2009
    Reminded me of a Sci Fi Channel Original movie.Cheap Boring & Lame
    Brody M Super Reviewer

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