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Total Crap: 14.29%

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by Scott Weinberg

"Blade + The Matrix - a budget = Stakes"
2 stars

If Stakes looks a whole lot like something slapped together by a bunch of barbecue buddies and cubicle co-workers, that’s because it probably is.

Presented by the filmmakers responsible for the equally inept Harvesters and displaying some of the most hilarious overacting ever achieved, Stakes tells the tale of a crew of vampire hunters who’ve broken through from their own dimension. Arrived on Earth to rid our world of an escaped bloodsucker plague are a scientist, a high-tech electronics wiz and a goofy priest.

The villains are a rabid ‘pureblood’ vampire queen and her two bodyguards (one big beefy guy and an Amazon with breasts so large they defy explanation) and the trio seems to have a ball chomping through the buffet that is big-city America. In true Masters of the Universe style, the newcomers team with a few equally clueless earthlings and follow the trail of exsanguinated corpses.

Now, if this premise were backed with an adequate budget, some seasoned filmmakers and a crew of actors able to contribute something more than vacant stares, we might actually have something. As it stands, Stakes is the lowest sort of low-rent ‘home video’ moviemaking. I’m sure there are some out there who enjoy this sort of ‘amateur hour’ in precisely the same way ‘enjoys’ a good street brawl - but it’s tough to find much legitimate entertainment value in a production of such subpar quality.

If you’re going to make a movie using only your close friends and a few maxed-out credit cards, you better make damn sure there’s something noteworthy to camouflage the flea-market sensibilities. Stakes offers no such benefit and the result is a movie that may fascinate you in a “Oh dear god is this bad” sort of way, though that’s all you’ll get.

I give it two stars thanks to those bizarrely huge breasts, a few cool moments of sloppy gore, and the audacious way the camera keeps rolling no matter how 'off' the line readings are. Ed Wood would be proud.

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User Comments

10/30/06 dan jensen bad acting. good breat shots 3 stars
8/06/05 Scott Ritchey Great B Horror Film 5 stars
1/15/05 Hawkeye Pierce No a good flick, but you can see cast/crew enyoyed themselves, that's what counts. 3 stars
8/12/03 Rick Figard I love horror movies. I especially love horror movies with vampires but this was awful!! 1 stars
2/02/03 DB Needed Asira Zimra and Leanna Chamish to be nude. Then may be worth watching. 1 stars
1/18/03 Hope Richter it was great and gory 5 stars
12/10/02 D Decent Indie effort.Indie guys should hire a writer.Had great potential,even with no budget 3 stars
12/04/02 Dave Crawley These guys busted their Oscar here, but a great indie film! 5 stars
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  02-Sep-2002 (R)



Directed by
  Joe Ripple

Written by
  Joe Ripple

  Jamie Bell
  Geroge Stover
  Steven King
  Erin J. Corsair
  Ashira Zimra
  Leanna Chamish

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