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 »


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"Mankind is the Pest"
28 November 2010 | by (NC) – See all my reviews

Clever, well-written, generally well-directed Masters of Horror episode about what would happen if someone or something created a plague or virus that affected mankind in the manner of men killing women instinctively. I do understand there are many gender themes floating in this script - sub-textual ones, metaphorical ones, symbolically, and even allegorically. Okay, I get that - well, at least some of it, but I would rather focus on what The Screwfly Solution is for sure. It is an interesting story about how mankind shall cope with its impending destruction though it not even clearly understands its impending doom. Jason Priestly and Elliot Gould play entomologists who are called in when cities all along a disease vector start having thousands of women killed by men who believe they are killing them for God or religion, etc... The story is cut here and there to fit into its hour, but the script is the piece's best trait. The acting is solid - isn't Gould always fun to watch? A strong supporting performance is given by Linda Darlow as Bella. And beautiful Kerry Norton is the lead. Did I say she was beautiful? Well, she is and you get to see all of her too! Director Joe Dante does a very workmanlike job with material that suits him. This is a fairly strong addition to a pretty good horror anthology.

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