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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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Shot on weekends and whenever time would allow between July and December 2004. Since not all of the exterior shots were finished in the summer months, several actors had to perform in frigid cold weather while still wearing t-shirts and shorts. 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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References Drawing Blood (1999) See more »

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Slap-happy vampire mayhem!
11 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This flick was made by high school kids, shot on video and had a budget of about $13. And's still really entertaining! Read on!

1. The two main characters, bumbling pals who slurp down vampire potion and proceed to completely fail at being creatures of the night, have great comedy chemistry. Zane Crosby could read stereo instructions and make them funny.

2. Director Channel knows how to tell a story and not bore ya. This was a lean production, fast-paced and never dragged.

3. Great dialogue! The one hackneyed line in the movie ("I was BORN ready!") is immediately ridiculed by another character. In your FACE, bad dialogue!

The minuses? About half the movie involves people walking down sidewalks in the middle of the night. And the F-bomb gets dropped approximately 4,191 times. But hey, maybe you're into dark sidewalks and F-bombs, in which case you'd give this movie a 10 out of 10!

As for me? I thought it was great. Check it out. 7 out of 10.

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