Masters of Horror: Season 2, Episode 7

The Screwfly Solution (8 Dec. 2006)

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A strange virus renders the entire human male population into homicidal maniacs who end up wiping out all females, leaving a woman and her daughter to fend for themselves.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Lawlor ...
The Private
William S. Taylor ...
The Mayor
Don House ...
Steve Makaj ...
J. Winston Carroll ...
General (as J.W. Carroll)
Tara Leigh ...
Rob Morton ...
Rodney Bearden (as Nelson Carter-Leis)
Bill Mackenzie ...


A strange virus renders the entire human male population into homicidal maniacs who end up wiping out all females, leaving a woman and her daughter to fend for themselves.

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During the scene in which the soldiers were shown pornographic movies in the lab, the clip of the Japanese women was taken from 'Imprint', the 13th episode of the first season. Since it was decided that 'Imprint' was too graphic for television so was not aired, this was the first time it was seen in the US before being released on DVD. See more »


During the scene on the highway leading into Jacksonville, Florida there are mountains visible in the background. There are no mountains visible from anywhere in Florida. See more »


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Gender socio politicA statement cleverly disguised as action horror scifi
30 November 2007 | by (Earth, Solar system) – See all my reviews

Yah, I thought "Gender socio politicA statement cleverly disguised as action horror scifi" about covered it, to put in succinctly.

I am disgusted by the many superficial comments about how this is Joe Dante's work, or that its a ripoff of "28 Days Later" ???? I mean, BUNCH OF MORONS! This is an accurate adaptation of a James Tiptree Jr. story which was written before the "28 Days Later" maker was even born! Literally. Dante should get kudos for almost exactly following the story. James Tiptree Jr. later revealed that she was actually Alice Sheldon, a 63 year old college psychology professor, who would later commit a murder-suicide upon her husband 13 years her senior, at age 71.

The story is in line with James Tiptree Jr.'s gender themed work. What's the easiest way to take over Earth but still get rid of those pesky humans in a relative cost effective way? you disturb the reproductive cycle, of course, just as humans have done with insects, so the humans get rid of themselves. And not via war, like the west v the Muslims or Americans v Russians/Chinese or even cowboys v Indians, but simply via Man vs Woman. That the Man is chosen to be the instrument of death rather than woman, might, on the surface be due to Tiptrees AKA Sheldons political beliefs but seems heavily based in actual scientific fact, that men are far more easily led towards violence than women ....

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