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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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Mankeeper
J. Winston Carroll ...
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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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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 »

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The photos of the girl murdered in Jacksonville, FL. are titled "Duval County Sheriff's Department". While Jacksonville is located in Duval County, the city and county governments are consolidated. The photos should read "Jacksonville Sheriff's Office". See more »

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Features Masters of Horror: Imprint (2006) See more »

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Threnody
performed by Chimaira
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A different shade of Dante
16 July 2007 | by (Hellfudge, Pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

'The Screwfly Solution' is a refreshing rebound for Joe Dante, whose Season 1 "Masters of Horror" entry ('Homecoming') did very little for me. By toning down the ham-fisted sociopolitical satire of that episode, the director invokes a distinctly darker tone here. 'Screwfly' manages to go places that are extreme even for a show that prides itself on its freedom from meddling network censors (for the most part). The plot pertains to a plague that sweeps across the world, inexplicably converting male sexual urges to homicide, resulting in mass genocide of the female population; scientists Jason Priestley (surprisingly effective) and Elliott Gould (bringing a good mix of autumnal wisdom and flamboyant humor to the proceedings) are left to discover a cure as months pass and the epidemic escalates to a critical level. While many MOH episodes have been erratic in tone, script, or performance, 'Screwfly' is very consistent in those important aspects--the allegory is presented in a low-key manner by focusing on one family's crisis, and the resulting apocalypse is fittingly desperate and surprisingly palpable. Common, mundane activities like going to a store, boarding an airplane, or hosing off a patio cleverly tap into the natural human fear of our facades of safety being rendered 'unsafe.' Unfortunately, my second viewing of the episode was less fulfilling than the first--there are a lot of visceral shocks to be experienced (including a very disturbing scene in a strip club) that come off as somewhat diluted. Despite this, 'Screwfly' remains one of "Masters"' best offerings--even better for Dante, who sheds his comic-horror roots for something more sobering and serious.


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