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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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Steve and Bob are two guys who enjoy their fanboy role-playing lifestyles a bit too much. Their obsession... See more » | Add synopsis »
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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 
Writing credits
(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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Additional Details

USA:75 min | USA:62 min (Remastered Director's Cut Edition)
Aspect Ratio:
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All of the scenes shot inside of businesses (convience store, video store, etc.) were shot during business hours. There was very little interference from customers and at least one ended up having a line in the final cut.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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Spoofs Alien (1979)See more »


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6 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Slap-happy vampire mayhem!, 11 May 2005
Author: tomrroot from United States

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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