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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

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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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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?


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 »


Floyd Faukman: The police are not sure whether these are genuine vampires or just people who are mimicking vampires... or Theresa Heinz.
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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 »


References Cannibal! The Musical (1993) See more »

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this vampire movie= awesome
9 July 2005 | by angelcat714See all my reviews

I wasn't quite sure what to think of this film when I first heard that it was coming, by I am sure glad that I did go to the premiere. All 75 minutes of this comedy were full of laughs. It was greatly enjoyable, although the amount of profanity was disconcerting. The lead characters -Zane Crosby and Josh Lively- had chemistry and charisma that showed well on film and kept us laughing throughout the film. Director/Screenwriter Justin Channel's writing gave the dialog a lot of spunk and kept the audience quite attentive throughout the premiere. I give this film two thumbs up, and would recommend it to comedy lovers everywhere.

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