Masters of Horror: The Screwfly Solution
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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.Read more ›
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.
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 movie...as 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
Most Recent Customer Reviews
oh yes joy to the world this movie gives you pleasure feels almost real i wouldnt be too upset if this were to actually happen to the world ... sweet:)Published 12 months ago by paul rozsa
An invasion of the body snatchers episode, very well done, good script, and perhaps, to me, the 2nd best episode in the series !Published 14 months ago by torcha chamber
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 on December 5, 2012 by Ashley W
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 morePublished on July 1, 2011 by Meeb
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 morePublished on January 29, 2011 by David Bonesteel
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 morePublished on January 2, 2011 by JypSee Jynn
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
This hour long episode had some blood, but wasn't a slasher film. A little sex and nudity, but wasn't a softcore production. Read morePublished on June 18, 2010 by The Movie Guy
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 morePublished on March 13, 2010 by Jack Of Alltrades