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Raising the Stakes
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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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There was a very small crew on the film, usually only consisting of two people. During many occasions, Justin Channell was the only crew member and had to find a way to set up shots, direct, and run sound at the same time.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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Referenced in Faces of Schlock Vol. 2 (2005) (V)See more »


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Good stuff, 12 June 2006
Author: satellitepictures from United States

I gave this a 6 out of 10 comparing it to all movies ever made. If I were looking at it strictly as an indy production I would boost that number up. It's a quite entertaining flick made by some young guys that puts some other low budget pictures to shame. The comedy is there and the plot is decent enough for what the movie is. The acting seems "real" enough for the age group without coming across as just plain bad acting as some low budget pictures do. Even the somewhat annoying "sidekick" with his South Park Cartman imitations and other pop culture referenced imitations doesn't bring the movie down. Everyone on this did a good job and the kids are young so that gives them bonus points. They did a better job at indy film-making than some "adults". Give this one a view and you won't regret it.

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