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Raising the Stakes (2005)

 -  Comedy  -  12 February 2005 (USA)
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Steve and Bob are two guys who enjoy their fanboy role-playing lifestyles a bit too much. Their obsession with vampire role-playing games leads them to decide to become vampires and get ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Josh Lively ...
Zane Crosby ...
Ryan Stocking ...
Maxwell Selwyn
T.J. Rogers ...
Chad / Homeless Guy
Jordan Hess ...
Drew Smith ...
Nino Mancino ...
Sex Offender Marty
Jessica Togias ...
Ellie Santy ...
Jeff Channell ...
Store Clerk
Nick Shomo ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael Benzo ...
Ding Dong Ditcher #1
Justin Channell ...
Ding Dong Ditcher #2 / Robert Mesko / Panda Guy
Richard Crosby ...
Ding Dong Ditch Victim / Guy Eating a Sandwich / Tazer Guy (as Richard 'Nips' Crosby)
Chuck Deem ...
Blind Guy


Steve and Bob are two guys who enjoy their fanboy role-playing lifestyles a bit too much. Their obsession with vampire role-playing games leads them to decide to become vampires and get revenge on a world that doesn't understand them. Unfortunately for them, it takes a bit more than cheap Halloween makeup to scare people, so their attempts just lead to even more ridicule and physical harm. But that all changes when they discover a dealer of the occult named Maxwell Selwyn who can give them want they want: a potion that will turn them both into vampires. They fork over the money and sure enough, their dream comes true. They set out to finally get revenge on the world that rejected them... only to find they were better off with the cheap makeup. Written by Anonymous

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The majority of the film's production budget was gained when Justin Channell went on a school trip to Disney World and pocketed most of the money he was given for souvenirs. See more »


Maxwell Selwyn: [while telling them of a vampire antidote] Well, there are some side effects
Steve: What kind?
Maxwell Selwyn: [holds up a poorly carved vampire stake] Death.
Bob: Thank God, I thought you were going to say stick. I'd rather die than be a stick.
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this vampire movie= awesome
9 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I wasn't quite sure what to think of this film when I first heard that it was coming, by I am sure glad that I did go to the premiere. All 75 minutes of this comedy were full of laughs. It was greatly enjoyable, although the amount of profanity was disconcerting. The lead characters -Zane Crosby and Josh Lively- had chemistry and charisma that showed well on film and kept us laughing throughout the film. Director/Screenwriter Justin Channel's writing gave the dialog a lot of spunk and kept the audience quite attentive throughout the premiere. I give this film two thumbs up, and would recommend it to comedy lovers everywhere.

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