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The Screwfly Solution 

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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Alan
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Anne
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Bella
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Amy
Steve Lawlor ...
The Private
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Barney
William S. Taylor ...
The Mayor
Don House ...
Storekeeper
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Barekeeper
Steve Makaj ...
Mankeeper
J. Winston Carroll ...
General (as J.W. Carroll)
Tara Leigh ...
Sabbath
Rob Morton ...
Max
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Rodney Bearden (as Nelson Carter-Leis)
Bill Mackenzie ...
Church
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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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Fantasy | Horror

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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

(at around 45 mins) The "Stewart, British Columbia, October" text screen is supposed to say "November" since the other texts are monthly, the previous one was already "October", and the next one is "December". See more »

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Threnody
performed by Chimaira
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Gender social-political statement cleverly disguised as action horror scifi
30 November 2007 | by (Earth, Solar system) – See all my reviews

Yah, I thought "Gender social-political 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 with 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, cheapest way to take over Earth but still get rid of those pesky humans? 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, is only seemingly connected to Tiptrees AKA Sheldons political beliefs but is heavily based in actual scientific fact (and simple common sense): men are far more easily led towards violence than women ....

The Melancholic Alcoholic.


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