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Raising the Stakes -- Two teenage nerds become vampires and learn they can't cut it. It's kind of like those "Twilight" movies, but these vampires are supposed to make you laugh.


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  (in credits order)
Josh Lively ... Steve
Zane Crosby ... Bob
Ryan Stocking ... Maxwell Selwyn
T.J. Rogers ... Chad / Homeless Guy
Jordan Hess ... Mario
Drew Smith ... Mike
Nino Mancino ... Sex Offender Marty
Jessica Togias ... Jessica
Ellie Santy ... Julie
Jeff Channell ... Store Clerk
Nick Shomo ... Alex
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
Richard Dyszel ... Union Vampire (as Count Gore De Vol)
Amber Eakin ... Cynical Girl
Holly Halderman ... Mace Girl

Lloyd Kaufman ... Floyd Faukman
Matt Lake ... Michael (IRS Agent)
K.W. Murphey ... Irate Guy
Michael O'Conner ... Phil
Matt Perich ... Potion Buyer In Video Store
Aaron Richmond ... Man In Glasses (as Aaron 'Squeak' Richmond)
Caleb Robinson ... Ray
M. Catherine Holseybrook Wynkoop ... Mira, The Lesbian Vampire (voice) (as M. Catherine Holseybrook)

Directed by
Justin Channell 
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(in alphabetical order)
Justin Channell 

Produced by
Charles Zimmerman .... executive producer (2011 re-release)
Film Editing by
Justin Channell 
Makeup Department
Zane Crosby .... makeup artist
Sound Department
Matt Lake .... sound
Special Effects by
Zane Crosby .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Justin Channell .... visual effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Crosby .... gaffer
Other crew
Joel D. Wynkoop .... voice-over: M. Catherine Holseybrook
Henrique Couto .... special thanks

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USA:75 min | USA:62 min (Remastered Director's Cut Edition)
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The film was shot in a very guerilla style, with no location permits. Throughout the entire production, the police only showed up once. The officer did not ask for any kind of permit and after being told that the crew had permission to shoot, left the set.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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References Terror Firmer (1999)See more »


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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Raising the Stakes ups the Ante, 22 June 2005
Author: ( from Montreal, Canada

Holy sweet suffering crap! This movie rocked my world and had me laughing my balls off for hours. I think I knew some guys like these back in high school. There's nothing like a couple nerd vampires that just can't catch a break, tooling around town getting their asses kicked to get a smile on your face. I got this screener at the office and didn't do a lick of work done all day once I stuck it in my computer. I think the UPS guy got a bit of a shock when he came by for a pick-up and heard the screaming and gunfire coming from my desk. Super nice to see the cameo from the always awkward Lloyd Kaufman too! The phenomenal dialog and killer ska soundtrack made my day. Absolutely wicked. -Mike Union Label Group

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