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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 
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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USA:75 min | USA:62 min (Remastered Director's Cut Edition)
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Originally written to feature Conrad Brooks as Maxwell Selwyn. The role was recast three times and the majority of the film was completed before Ryan Stocking took the part.See more »
Floyd Faukman:The police are not sure whether these are genuine vampires or just people who are mimicking vampires... or Theresa Heinz.See more »
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References Terror Firmer (1999)See more »


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4 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
And to think these boys aren't even out of high school yet..., 17 April 2005
Author: darathus from United States

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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