Riding the Bullet

Riding the Bullet (2004)

R 98 min - Drama, Horror, Thriller -
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Set in 1969, Alan Parker (Jackson) is a young artist, studying at the University of Maine. He becomes obsessed with death, and believing he is losing his girlfriend, Jessica (Christensen), he tries to commit suicide on his birthday but his friends manage to stop him, and he recovers. He receives news that his mother has had a stroke, and decides to hitchhike to visit her at the hospital.

Director:  Mick Garris

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Set in 1969, Alan Parker (Jackson) is a young artist, studying at the University of Maine. He becomes obsessed with death, and believing he is losing his girlfriend, Jessica (Christensen), he tries to commit suicide on his birthday but his friends manage to stop him, and he recovers. He receives news that his mother has had a stroke, and decides to hitchhike to visit her at the hospital.


Collections: Mick Garris

Genres: Drama, Horror, Thriller

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Language:  English

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Budget:  $5,000,000

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Runtime:  1 h 38 min

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A Stephen King ghost story in the grand tradition, Riding the Bullet is the ultimate warning about the dangers of hitchhiking.

Alan Parker is a student at the University of Maine who is trying to find himself. He gets a call from a neighbor in his hometown, Lewiston, Maine, telling him that his mother has been taken to the hospital after having a stroke. Lacking a functioning car, Parker decides to hitchhike the 200 km (120 miles) south to visit his mother.

His first ride is with an old man who continually tugs at his crotch in a car that stinks of urine. Eventually frightened and glad to escape the vehicle, Alan starts walking, thumbing his next ride. Coming upon a graveyard, he begins to explore it and notices a headstone for a stranger named George Staub (in German, Staub means dust), which reads: “Well Begun, Too Soon Done.” Sure enough, the next car to pick him up is George Staub, complete with black stitches around his neck where his head had been sewn on after being severed and wearing a button saying, “I rode The Bullet at Thrill Village, Laconia.”

During the ride, George talks to Alan about the amusement park ride he was too scared to ride as a kid: The Bullet in Thrill Village, Laconia, New Hampshire. George tells Alan that before they reach the lights of town, Alan must choose who goes on the death ride with George: Alan or his mother. In a moment of fright, Alan saves himself and tells him: “Take her. Take my Mother.”

George shoves Alan out of the car. Alan reappears alone at the graveyard, wearing the “I Rode the Bullet at Thrill Village” button. He eventually reaches the hospital, where he learns: despite his guilt and the impending feeling that his mother is dead or will die any moment, she is fine.

Alan takes the button and treasures it as a good (or bad) luck charm. His mother returns to work and to smoking. Alan graduates and takes care of his mother for several years, and she suffers another stroke.

One day Alan, loses the button and receives a phone call; he knows what the call is about. He finds the button underneath his mother’s bed, and after a final moment of sadness, guilt, and meditation, decides to carry on.

Riding the Bullet is a novel by Stephen King is a fairly middle of the road fright film that treads dangerously close to being silly. This work marks King’s debut on the Internet. Simon & Schuster, with technology by SoftLock, first published Riding the Bullet in 2000 as the world’s first mass-market e-book. That year, the novel was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Long Fiction and the International Horror Guild Award for Best Long Form. In 2002, the novel was included in King’s collection Everything’s Eventual.

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