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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 »


Justin Channell


Justin Channell




Credited cast:
Josh Lively Josh Lively ... Steve
Zane Crosby Zane Crosby ... Bob
Ryan Stocking Ryan Stocking ... Maxwell Selwyn
T.J. Rogers T.J. Rogers ... Chad / Homeless Guy
Jordan Hess Jordan Hess ... Mario
Drew Smith Drew Smith ... Mike
Nino Mancino Nino Mancino ... Sex Offender Marty
Jessica Togias Jessica Togias ... Jessica
Ellie Santy Ellie Santy ... Julie
Jeff Channell Jeff Channell ... Store Clerk
Nick Shomo Nick Shomo ... Alex
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael Benzo Michael Benzo ... Ding Dong Ditcher #1
Justin Channell Justin Channell ... Ding Dong Ditcher #2 / Robert Mesko / Panda Guy
Richard Crosby Richard Crosby ... Ding Dong Ditch Victim / Guy Eating a Sandwich / Tazer Guy (as Richard 'Nips' Crosby)
Chuck Deem 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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There's a sucker born every minute...





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Release Date:

12 February 2005 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Fairmont, West Virginia, USA


Box Office


$110 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

IWC Films See more »
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Technical Specs


(Remastered Director's Cut Edition)



Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


Justin Channell came up with the story by combining the concepts of two unproduced short films he had written. See more »


Steve: I thought vampires were supposed to be all hardcore, we ended up being pussies!
Bob: Fuck you, dude, I'm not a pussy. You're a pussy.
Steve: You're a pussy!
Bob: You're a pussy!
Steve: Oh, what's this?
[pretends to pull a letter from his pocket]
Steve: It's a letter from the PUSS-R.S., you didn't pay your pussy taxes!
Bob: Is that a knock at the door?
[walks up to the door and opens it]
Bob: Holy shit! It's Ed McMahon! You just won a million dollars from the PUSSinghouse Clearing!
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Alternate Versions

The original DVD version ran 74 minutes. In 2010, director Justin Channell went back and re-edited the film, cutting the film down to 62 minutes. Among the things excised were several bits of dialogue and the entire romantic subplot of the story. However, some scenes were expanded or feature alternate takes and an entirely different ending. This version is expected to be released sometime in 2010. See more »


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Slap-happy vampire mayhem!
11 May 2005 | by tomrrootSee 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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