A blues-man seeks a legendary recording that may be nothing more than old rumors…or it might just be real.
When it comes to serving up memorable horror with unique characters and fresh concepts that haven’t been done to genre-death, it’s hard to beat Robert Newcomer. Showcased previously at STS, “Bert” (as he’s affectionately known when we’re feeling cheeky) is also writer of Someplace Nice and Dark, a creepy little riff involving a delivery boy, a trailer, and an old man afraid of his own shadow.
In Mighty Fire, the setting is more exotic: a beat up old record shop in New Orleans. Not the tourist section. The Seventh Ward. Young blues wanna Jean Juneau arrives on the shop’s porch seeking the last record of blues legend Robert Johnson (rumored to have been recorded while Johnson was dying from a bad case of poison and a woman scorned.) Known as Mighty Fire, the record is said to be the ultimate blues experience: agony and ecstasy all rolled into one.
Jean pawns his guitar and gets the recording. Has he made the deal of a lifetime? Or a contract with the Devil himself? Crack this script open, and find out!
About the writer: Robert Newcomer recently received his first IMDB credit for another short, Them That’s Dead. An intelligent writer, he has several other shorts and a horror feature length available for consideration. (IMDB credits listed here.)
Budget: Moderate. There are a handful of characters and settings: the record shop, a bar, and a room. There may be some FX expense incurred to make sure one gets the atmosphere right. But for scripts like this, it’s worth the price.
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