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An Interview with Robert Mercer, Producer of Stagknight and Razor Blade Smile

by Mike Haberfelner

January 2006

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1. Your latest, yet-to-be released project is Stagknight, which you produced and co-wrote (with director Simon Cathcart [read Simon Cathcart interview here]). Could you tell us what the film is all about ? 


Sure, to put it in a nut shell 'Stagknight' is the story of ten mates who go on a stag weekend they won't ever forget or even survive, inadvertently they awaken a killer knight bent on killing them one by one. As it says on the box, Sex, drugs, guns and one killer Knight out.


2. How did you become involved with the project in the first place ? 


A mutual friend of Simon and myself showed me the original script which I thought had great potential and as I had produced Razor Blade Smile, which was a rather similar movie, and after meeting Simon I new we could make something special. 


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3. How hard was it to get financing for the film together ? 


To be honest, with a good script and a good financing pack its not that hard as long as you go for what you need only. We originally wanted £2 million, the same as my last film. But Simon and myself decided that to be honest its 10 guys in the woods and why should we wait a year to raise it when we could easily get a smaller budget together quickly.


4. A few words about the cast: How hard/easy was it to get actors for an over-the-top horror comedy like this one ? After all, your movie features veteran actress Sandra Dickinson, and theatrically trained, otherwise rather serious actress Jocelyn Osorio [read Joselyn Osorio-interview here].


Again, with a good script you can attract good people to what you might think was a hard sell to actors, but we were adamant we did not want any names in the ten guys roles. If you put famous people in horror of any kind you know its unlikly they will die. Also we were after very specific kind of actors, we wanted people who were almost caricatures of the parts.


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5. Is there any release date yet, and does the film have a website to keep us updated ? 


The release date is down to the distributors and their schedules, but we hope for the end of the year. The web site is up (http://, but we only have a holding page at the moment. I want to drip feed the site with updates on a weekly basis. I want people to want to come back every week to check it out. I hate movie sites that give it all away and are crap, you look over them once and thats it. We are designing ours to be something that's special and fun. 


6. Stagknight is not the first film you have produced though, of your previous films, Razor Blade Smile (which I by the way enjoyed very much) is probably the most well known. Care to say a few words about that one ? 


Sure. Razor Blade Smile was a baptism of fire. We made that for £25k and a crew of 6 people in 4 weeks and then sold it in Cannes for worldwide theatrical release. For me it was the perfect way to learn all I need to know about low budget film making and more importantly marketing. I think Razor Blade Smile is still in Blockbuster and on its 2nd DVD re-release.


7. Any other past projects you care to talk about ? 


I have my own production company with commercials director James Pilkington called Angry Donkey. We specialize in comedies, our last short film Sweet was with the Mighty Boosh and was BAFTA nominated. Our latest is called REG and is a modern retelling of Oedipus Rex. A black comedy about incest, always a crowd pleaser.


8. How did you get your start in the film business in the first place ?


I actually started as a trained animator and sort of fell into producing music videos with my own company Beatnik Films. One of my directors Jake West and his film Razor Blade Smile that got me into features. And now I love them, producing and writing. 


9. Who would you say are your biggest influences ? 


I guess it would have to be Mel Brooks and Kubrick, Brooks is the modern day master of visual comedy (granted latley his films are rubbish), and Kubrick as no other director has masterd every genre of film there is. 


10. Your views about the independent scene in Britain ? 


Wow, now thats a big one. Bottom line we don't have an independent scen in this country, as there is no funding at all, just remarkable producers & directors who beg, borrow and steal to make their films realities. Unfortunatly there are hardly any of them around. 


11. What do you think about the horror-genre as it is today, and any movies of late you particularly loved or hated ? 


To be honest it sucks, the majors are all making crap and the only good stuff is really comming from the Asia. Occasionally you get an independent who does something special. Thankfully the Horror genre is one that is always popular with new hot talent so it's always going to be great. Look at the mainstream directors now who back in the day made it great, Raimi, Jackson, Carpenter and even Spielberg. I still hate swimming in the sea. I have young baby boy, so i have not been able to go to the cinema in years. But I did enjoy Shaun of the Dead, made me laugh. 


12. Are there any future projects that we might have to look forward to ? 


Yes, I have a few. But they are all at early stages, but the next one is leftfield comedy with an unusual sporting theme. 


13. Anything else you would just love to mention and I have just forgotten to ask ? 


Only that, tell the readers to spread the Stagknight word and keep watching independent movies, if they don't there wont be any around. 


Thanks for the interview, and the best of luck with Stagknight !


© by Mike Haberfelner

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