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Masters of Horror: The Screwfly Solution (2006)

Jason Priestley , Kerry Norton , Joe Dante  |  NR |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jason Priestley, Kerry Norton, Linda Darlow, Brenna O'Brien, Steve Lawlor
  • Directors: Joe Dante
  • Writers: James Tiptree Jr., Mick Garris, Sam Hamm
  • Producers: Adam Goldworm, Andrew Deane, Ben Browning, John W. Hyde
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: June 12, 2007
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000OYCMO4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #205,623 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Masters of Horror: The Screwfly Solution" on IMDb

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The Screwfly Solution is a World War of the sexes, chalked full of passion, murder and intrigue. An all star cast and legendary director fuel this plague ridden zombie movie which keeps audiences guessing to the grisly and unforgettable finale. Jason Prie

Director Joe (The Howling, Gremlins) Dante helmed one of the more daring episodes of Masters of Horror to date--Homecoming-- and his second go-round for the cable anthology series is another thought-provoking chiller with real-world overtones. Here, Dante and screenwriter Sam Hamm (who also penned Homecoming) adapt James Tiptree, Jr.'s 1977 noted short story of the same name and concoct an alarming nightmare scenario in which men are suddenly and brutally attacking women when sexually aroused. The solution to this sudden wave of violence falls to scientists Jason Priestley and Elliott Gould, but the situation rapids erupts into a global epidemic, and Priestley's wife (Kerry Norton) must fend for herself and their daughter in a world that wants her dead at all costs. Dante and his capable deliver the terror with a straight face, and if Hamm's script strays too often into tangents about environmental responsibility, the abundance of suspense and outright violence offers a balance to genre fans that are less interested in social issues. The DVD includes commentary by Dante and Hamm, featurettes on the episode's production and special effects (by KNB), and the shooting script in DVD-ROM format. --Paul Gaita

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Joe Dante's "Homecoming" for Showtime's "Masters of Horror" anthology series was easily the controversial high point of Season One. Alternately described as "brilliant" and "complete trash," there were very few who straddled the middle on this political zombie satire. Needless to say, this intrigued me to contemplate how Dante would follow up this divisive little tale. Well, for Season Two, Dante clocks in with "The Screwfly Solution." It certainly has a provocative topic, and is the ultimate battle of the sexes--but I suspect that it is a lot less likely to engender the passionate debate of "Homecoming." That is not a criticism, however, as I think this episode stands as one of the more sophisticated entries we've seen so far!

Contemplating the end of the world, "Screwfly" offers a new take on the apocalypse genre. A virus affecting men is discovered where if the man is to become sexually aroused--his feelings end up turning to a murderous rage. Needless to say, this doesn't bode well for the women of the world--as this rage is directed at them! While this may, on the surface, seem to be a bit (or a lot) misogynistic--the disease is handled well and its repercussions are real, unpleasant and not taken lightly. The principles include Jason Priestly and Elliott Gould as researchers trying to combat the virus, but this just may take the ultimate toll on their families.

"Screwfly" may not be scary in the traditional sense if you're looking for quick thrills, but the premise is chilling and disturbing and it leads to appropriate gruesomeness. The tale is well acted and sometimes harrowing, with an emotional context I haven't found often in the "Masters of Horror" series.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pest Control-and Man is the Pest June 6, 2007
I expected this to be good because I know that Joe Dante is an excellent director, but when I saw that it was based on a story by James Tiptree Jr., I sat up, because I knew this was going to be something REALLY extraordianary.

James Tiptree Jr. is one of the greatest science fiction writers of the latter part of the 20th Century. James Tiptree Jr. was also the nom de plume of Dr. Alice Sheldon (look for Tiptree's books on Amazon). Her writing was always psychologically complex and surprising. And this installment of MASTERS OF HORROR captured that, thanks to Dante's brilliance and Sam Hamm's great script.

It's made clear from the beginning that there is a parallel between our decimation of the screwfly/pest insect populations by disruption of their sexual cycles, and what is occuring to the human population in this story (at least it's clear to us, the audience). So this naturally begs the question: If we did that to the insects, who or what could be doing this to us?

The conclusion of this story is set up right from the beginning, is deepend, enhanced, and made more apparent throughout the telling of it. There is no cheap ending here. It is logical, inevitable, and horrible. Horrible for humans, anyway.

The dogs seem to like it.

It's important to keep in mind that this isn't a chainsaw hack-'em-up-er, or blood drinking beast fest, or a vengeful ghost mind twister. This is a story about the most terrifying monsters in the world: ordinary people who give in to the worst within themselves, thinking they're right, and good, and normal. Men who don't see other people (women) as human. And you have to pay attention.

Personally, this is my favorite episode so far in the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Garden of Eden January 13, 2011
As some might say, "Where would men be without women?"....this movies reply is "Still in the garden of Eden"


The movie is premised that an attack is perpetrated against the world, an attack that is so heinous that it will eventually destroy the human race. Men have contracted some type of disease whereby they are compelled to slaughter every women that they see, because men see themselves as the superior, and doing gods will, taking the world back to the days when it was only man and the creator, with no women. (Thus extinction of the human species because then there can be no procreation)...which is exactly it seems what the aliens that are taking over the planet want.

Further into the movie it can be construed that all the women are now dead, and the men have now turned to killing male children, and many will not like the ending of the movie due to the viewer just being left hanging in the end. Others might flog the movie for not being a true HORROR this film is from the masters of horror series, it is more like a sci-fi thriller.

In any case I definitely like this movie, it thinks outside the box, and is a refreshing story prompting me to look further and potentially buying the book that movie is based off of. I recommend this movie
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4.0 out of 5 stars A LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING June 18, 2010
This hour long episode had some blood, but wasn't a slasher film. A little sex and nudity, but wasn't a softcore production. It had some mystery and suspense, but not enough to make watching it a chore. It has humor, but wasn't a comedy. The acting was good with another fine performance from Gould. Nothing like a liberal family faced with the final solution and being forced to survive like red necks. Try not to get too attached to any of the main characters as most don't make it through the movie. The line I liked most was when the the teen girl says, "We should just nuke those f***ing ragheads." To wit the feminists reply, "Don't say ragheads." That one line is what separates real liberals from the rest of the world.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting movie
me and my friend watched it and its a masters of horror film, so you get what you expect. very weird movie, WATCH IT!!!! Great price!!!!
Published 23 months ago by Ashley W
2.0 out of 5 stars Ehhh...
The acting is overdone. To a laughable point. Each actor reads his or her line like they are standing up in the middle of a high-school class and reading their essay for the... Read more
Published on July 1, 2011 by Meeb
2.0 out of 5 stars Non-horror movie
This is supposed to be a horror film? I'm sorry I wasn't scared throughout the whole film. I was expecting a horror master not a boredom master. This is not a horror movie people. Read more
Published on March 6, 2011 by Shaun G Rodriguez
2.0 out of 5 stars They didn't find the solution to effectively dramatizing this story
While the murder of women takes on epidemic proportions throughout the world, a young researcher (Jason Priestley) and his loved ones (Kerry Norton, Brenna O'Brien, and Elliot... Read more
Published on January 29, 2011 by David Bonesteel
5.0 out of 5 stars I keep Watching this Over and Over!!
OMG...I'm truly affected by this movie. Any movie that has me Googling topics like "Horse Latitudes" and "Disease Wind Vectors" is definitely worth watching. Read more
Published on January 2, 2011 by JypSee Jynn
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly a nasty little gem of a horror flick.
Love the way the horror sneaks up and rips the visceral trust out of the man/woman relationship! Beats all hell out of flyswatters.
Published on August 23, 2010 by Red hen
1.0 out of 5 stars Read the story instead
The story from which this is supposedly adapted is genius. Read it. It's subtly depraved, terrifying and moving. As you read, ask yourself why the men kill the children. Read more
Published on March 13, 2010 by Jack Of Alltrades
3.0 out of 5 stars Competent film of a fantastic story
It's worth watching, especially if you never read the story it's based on. I'd recommend then going on to read the story, which is one of very, very few that have stuck in my head... Read more
Published on February 2, 2010 by David A. Pickett
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting premise, terrible acting
It was like watching a cheap "Movie Of The Week." Absolutely horrible acting. I realize the plot and circumstances that lead to the behavior of the characters, but the reactions of... Read more
Published on January 24, 2009 by Pat Nava
4.0 out of 5 stars Another thought provoking MOH episode from Joe Dante
Joe Dante (Gremlins, The Howling) helmed one of the best episodes during the first season of Masters of Horror with Homecoming, and does so once again with this second season... Read more
Published on November 7, 2008 by N. Durham
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