Adapting a play to the screen is often a tricky business. Dialogue that crackles across the stage may sound artificial and forced in a film, while rich characters somehow transform into unconvincing stereotypes. Playwright-turned-writer-director David Beaird struggles mightily to turn
his theatrical trilogy into a compelling movie, but the results are fairly risible.
SCORCHERS offers many traveling shots of the Louisiana bayou accompanied by flavorful zydeco music. One such sequence opens the film, as the camera comes upon a riverside shack where Thais (Faye Dunaway), the town whore, is locked in a carnal embrace with the Preacher (Anthony Geary, Luke of