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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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$110 (estimated)

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Lloyd Kaufman initially offered to have his scenes shot outside of the Troma Building in New York. When it seemed this would never happen, Justin Channell, Zane Crosby, and T.J. Rogers attended one of Lloyd's Make Your Own Damn Movie master classes at University of Pittsburgh. As soon as the class was over, Channell ran up to Lloyd Kaufman and asked him to shoot the scene. Channell is a huge fan of Kaufman and even runs one of the official Troma fan sites, entitled Tromatized! See more »


Floyd Faukman: The police are not sure whether these are genuine vampires or just people who are mimicking vampires... or Theresa Heinz.
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Referenced in Faces of Schlock Vol. 2 (2005) See more »

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And to think these boys aren't even out of high school yet...
17 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Yes, these overachieving li'l (well maybe not so little in Zane's case) bastichs put together a rather amusing little flick.

No, it isn't Citizen Kane, but what it is is a rather amusing buddy vampire flick. Not too many of those now. A few of the jokes do fall a little flat, but the majority of them are right now.

Zane and Josh, the two lead actors, obviously have been friends for awhile, because they didn't have to act too hard to make that obvious in the film.

All in all, a rather amusing ride. And it helped me come up with two drinking games that will be sure to send you to the emergency room by movies end. Any time TJ Rogers says the word "F*ck" you take a shot or drink of beer. OR any time somebody says the word vampire. Note: This second option WILL result in alcohol poisoning for any involved.

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