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Raising the Stakes (2005)

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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12 February 2005 (USA)  »

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$110 (estimated)

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(Remastered Director's Cut Edition)


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1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


The tripod used in the film was actually the stand from a drummer's practice pad Justin Channell had left over from junior high school band class. It was also used (unsuccessfully) as a steadicam-like rig, with Channell holding the camera and middle of the tripod for some hand-held shots. See more »


Steve: Just look at Tom Cruise: you know, first he played Lestat and then he got to bang Penelope Cruz.
Bob: You know, if they would've got married, do you think she would've been Penelope Cruz-Cruise?
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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 yet...it'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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