Riding the Bullet

Synopsis: A young man hitchhiking back home to visit his mother is picked up by a mysterious stranger. As the ride goes on, the young man uncovers a terrible secret about the stranger, and is given a choice by the stranger. A choice that can mean life or death.
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Director(s): Mick Garris
Production: LionsGate Entertainment
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
98 min

What are you talking about?

Alan, don't get so uptight!

You're telling me

you don't want to do this anymore.

-That's not what I'm saying.

-Then what are you saying?


What is it

with this morbid fixation of yours?

You've got talent, Alan.

I hate to see you squander it with

these adolescent monster movie images.

Why this obsession with death?

Everybody does life.

Maybe you haven't noticed,

my little deadly nightshade...

but it's a brand new age,

time to celebrate life...

the love and the beauty

of the world around us.

So why don't you draw what you see?

I do.

Yeah, more is the pity.

Life is beautiful, Alan.

This gruesome stuff isn't going

to get you anywhere.

That's what my grandmother says.

And a happy Hallow's Eve to you, my friend.

Tricky Dick, your war is sick!

Hell, no, we won't go!

I can't believe you're breaking up with me

on my birthday.

I'm not breaking up with you.

God, you're being

so Leave it to Beaver about this.

I'm sorry, Jessica, but I love you.

I thought you loved me.

I do.

I love everyone.

-You want to.

-No such luck.

Quit playing the Prince of Darkness

and kiss me.

I can't. Not now.

Suit yourself.

Happy birthday.

Yeah. Happy birthday to me.

Happy f***ing birthday.

F*** you, too!

Good idea, Alan.

You know, they don't appreciate you.

Show them how important you are.

Come on, Alan...

you know it's beautiful over here.

Just grit your teeth and cut!

That's it.

Show them, Alan.

Do it!



Happy birthday!

Why don't you guys give us some privacy?

What are you doing?

-Are you okay?

-I'm fine.

I am so sorry, Alan.

You know how much I love you.


I guess lunch is gonna have to wait

until round two.

That was a stupid f***ing thing to do.

Jesus, Alan, I was only kidding.

I was trying to set you up

for your surprise party.

Guess I surprised you instead.

No sh*t.

Suicide is a very selfish act, you know.

Sh*t, one more life or death

seems pretty insignificant...

in the greater planetary scheme of things.

It makes a big difference to me.

Death isn't glamorous, Alan.

I guess I don't really know you.

You, and about four billion other people

on the planet.

Don't give me

that misunderstood artist bullshit.

We all have problems. We deal with them.

You know, you are whining.

You're being kind of a creep,

to tell you the truth.

I'm sorry.

I'm just in my "poor me" stage.

Call me an a**hole.

Are you ever going to pull...

such a stupid, cruel, selfish stunt

like that again?



Promise. Cross my heart.

Now, who loves you?

-My mom.

-Who else?

Baby Jesus?

Funny. Who else?



But I guess you want proof of that,

don't you?

Proof is good.

It's a little late, but...

-happy birthday.


I like the artwork.

Let's see here.

"Rock 'n' Roll Revival,

Varsity Stadium in Toronto...

"starring John Lennon

and the Plastic Ono Band."

Jessie, where did you get these?

How do you cut yourself

shaving in a f***ing bathtub?

That's just f***ing clumsy.

Who shaves in a bathtub anyway?

Only chicks take baths, man.

-Shut up, Hector.

-Shut up?

Show him the picture you took.

He sold it to the school paper.

-Got $25, man.

-You going to split it with me?

-It is my naked ass in the paper.


-Just f***ing with you, man. Lighten up.

-See? I told you.

He ain't depressed if he's f***ing with you.

It was an accident.

Look, you don't accidentally

slice your wrists.

Hector Passmore here passed out

as soon as he saw a little blood in the tub.

I didn't pass out,

I just felt a little woozy, is all.

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Mick Garris

Mick Garris (born December 4, 1951) is an American filmmaker and screenwriter born in Santa Monica, California. more…

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