October 1969. The Summer of Love is over and a winter of hate is about to paint the ideals of the Flower Power Generation black.
ALAN PARKER (Jonathan Jackson) is a young, struggling artist studying at the University of Maine whose work is haunted by images of death. Believing he is losing his girlfriend, JESSICA (Erika Christensen), Alan's obsession with the dark side pushes him to try to take his own life on his birthday. Some friends thwart his deperate act, yet events go from bad to worse, as Alan soon discovers he has opened a door letting death literally enter his life.
Rocevering from his self-inflicted wounds and about to embark on a road trip to a John Lennon concert wiht his buddies, ARTIE an HECTOR, Alan receives crushing news - his mother, JEAN (Barbara Hershey), has suffered a major stroke and lying at death's door in Lewiston Hospital, over 100 miles away. Rejecting his friends' offer to drive him, Alan decides to hitchhike, hoping he'll make it to the hospital before Mom, his last remaining relatives, passes.
But it is Halloween nifght - October 31st - and Alan is about to discover that he has started down a nightmare road which will take him on both an odyssey into black recesses of the human heart and a journey that will bring him face to face with Death Incarnate.
Trapped in a speeding car with the Grim Reaper, manifesting itself in the guise of recently killed redneck GEORGE STAUB (David Arquette), Alan is forced into a terrible dilemma - the Reaper will not rest until it forces Alan to make a life or death choice.
Alan Parker is on a date with Destiny which will answer the question that has plagued him since childhood.
Is he ready to go RIDING THE BULLET?
Based on the phenomenal bestselling eBook novella by Stephen King (over 400,000 readers worldwide downloaded the story in 24 hours), writer-director Mick Garris, who previously collaborated with King on the movie SLEEPWALKERS (1992) and the acclaimed TV mini-series THE STAND (1994) and THE SHINNING (1997), has crafted a classic coming-of-age tale in which a young man must face his own mortality and the death of a loved one.