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  • Manufacturer reference: 5022153186597
  • ASIN: B0052YA9Q4
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 31 May 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By The Truth TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Jan. 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This has to be the worst Stephen King adaptation I've ever seen, actually that makes it sound too good, so let me rephrase that opening sentence...

This is just a terrible film, full stop. I'm not just some 'fan' ranting because 'the book was so much better' - I've never read the original so couldn't tell you, but I'm pretty sure it is, because this is diabolical!

It has an awful made for TV feel about it, looks cheap, feels disjointed, and careers all over the place so you have absolutely no idea what's going on, or what the films even meant to be about until the last scene - when 'all is revealed'... thankfully, in the closing scene, it's sounds as if the film makers lifted the closing paragraph from the original story straight from the book to help clear things up, allowing you a glimpse of what is no doubt a good original Stephen King novella and a great little idea/metaphor/vehicle for a story that got lost in the cinematic remake.

Sadly all of king's original thoughts and vision were lost in the hash and total disaster that was this movie. Only total and utter die hard king fans should even consider watching this - and even then I'd think long and hard about wasting your time and money on it.

It, The Stand, Pet Cemetary or Silver Bullet this is not... it's total bull$*!t hence the title of this review.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By S. Clarke on 10 Sept. 2009
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On the rare occasion that Stephen King books do work as movies they tend to really, really work (Stand By Me, The Mist, Shawshank Redemption etc.) and Riding the Bullet is thankfully among these elite. It feels a bit like an extended episode of the Twilight Zone: you are never quite sure what is real, and the whole film has a generally quirky feel. It has been superbly directed and edited, the casting and acting is spot on which is even more astounding considering this is an independent movie.

Riding the Bullet is based on the story of the same name which Stephen King first released at the turn of the century as an ebook only and was only available for free for the first few days as a pioneering publicity stunt; I was one of the lucky ones to download it before the servers got clogged! It was a really good story and has since also been released in the short story collection Everything's Eventual. The screenplay remains true to the story so both King fans and Horror fans will be happy with this one.
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Okay, so most of Stephen King’s books which have made the transition to film have been a little dubious to say the least. However, they always seem to be at least watchable. This one isn’t.

It’s about a student who learns his mother has had a stroke. Therefore he decides to hitchhike home to see her in hospital. Ignoring the fact that he doesn’t seem to have any mode of transport or finances to take public transport, he sets off.

What follows is one random scene after the next. It’s like the whole film is just his encounters along the way. Yes, some are well done and quite creepy or unsettling. However, there is simply no story here. He meets one weird character. He leaves them. Rinse and repeat.

Like I say, it has its creepy moments. Plus the acting is decent enough. There just isn’t a story here at all. The young man starts at university. He ends up by his mother’s side. Along the way are a few instances of weirdness. If you get bored (and I sure did), you can even skip chapters on the DVD. Each chapter is basically one weird/random encounter with a stranger. Therefore you can effectively skip the entire middle part of the film (while he’s on the road) and still not miss anything and understand it completely.

Definitely one to avoid. Stick to Pet Sematery.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By S. F. husseiny on 8 Jun. 2012
Format: DVD
The story is set back in 1969. Alan (Jonathan Jackson) is a college student who learns that his mother (Barbara Hershey) has been hospitalized after a stroke. He must hitchhike across the state over the course of one night to be with her. Along the way he confronts his past, his future, his demons and fears - and a terrifying personification of death.
This film is brilliantly shot and the cast is fantastic!!!
Barbara Hershey(Beaches )David Arquette (Scream)Jonathan Jackson(Venom) Cliff Robertson(Spider-Man) Erika Christensen(The Sisters)Matt Frewer(Max Headroom)
This film works so well because it has everything a TRUE Stephen King fan would be proud of. Excellent character development with thorough storyline added with a dash of fear and terror.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. J. Milliken on 22 Jun. 2009
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i enjoyed this little film. it has all the ingredients of a king story and was better presented than some screen efforts of his stories/books. as i say, i liked it. i'm no critic, i can't comment on the acting, the lighting or any technical stuff. if you have read the tale and like this genre, then buy it! it isn't a fortune and it pleasently passes 90 minutes of your life!
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this is another one of those film you had wished youd never bought as all he does is talk to himself or his ghost talks to him,an absolute stupid ,film.a waste of film real.RUBBISH

DONOT buy from dvds r us as they make slanderouse remarks to you
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Not a well known film, but a must for Stephen King fans. It's atmospheric, quite chilling and don't go hitch hiking at night
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