Masters of Horror

Season 2 Episode 7

The Screwfly Solution

Aired Friday 12:00 AM Dec 08, 2006 on Showtime
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Episode Summary

A deadly virus slowly begins to infect the nation which causes men to murder every woman they see. Before long, it becomes clear that this virus could result in the end of the human race.

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  • someone or something has started a virus that makes men kill women when they're aroused.

    Wow! Is all I have to say about this episode and that is not a good "wow" but I disappointed one. When I heard the plot of the episode is one sex trying to kill of the other one, I thought it could be pretty amusing. And it was a good idea, the only good idea. It's like they put a lot of thought into the main plot and just couldn't find a way to execute it right so they took off their thinking caps and decided to just make it about a virus that aliens inflicted upon us. I kid you not.

    Its just the perfect example of a d-rate low budget science fiction episode. And when you start watching it don't expect anything more than that because if you do you will be sadly mistaken.moreless
  • One of the better episodes in my opinion.

    I have seen about half of the episodes in the Masters of Horror series and I thought this was one of the better ones. It is more of a science fiction type episode than true horror, but I think the series should be allowed a little flexibility so more imagination can be used. Based on the previous episodes I can state that limiting the show to true horror can be really limiting and in somes cases somewhat boring.

    I liked the ending with the aliens being the ones who were experimenting on us. Thier apparent apathy when they killed two people with a mere gesture was relatable to how we feel about killing insects when it suits our needs. I don't have a problem with us killing insects by the way --- it just felt like a powerful moment when the alien acted like humans were nothing more than bugs from their point of view.

    The ending of this episode was quite bleak so in that respect this lived up to one of the qualifications of a horror episode. It also had some pretty intense violence earlier in the episode which is not something for the squimesh.

    The acting was quite good also. Most of the characters were relatable and believable. So, overall I'd rate this as a well above-average episode.moreless
  • It's almost like the Screwed-Fly Solution

    I really liked Joe Dante's previous episode Homecoming but I have to admit that I was a little disappointed with how "The Screwfly Solution" turned out. I have a copy of the original story by Raccoona Sheldon/James Tiptree Jr. and I like the original story. When I received a copy of this episode on DVD, I was fascinated by it although I had heard reviews that said the story was better.

    Well, the story was better but the movie wasn't that bad.

    The main plot of the screwfly being eradicated slowly and then the same thing happening to humans. Males killing females in various towns and cities all over the world is horrifying and there were times where I found myself yelling at the television screen for someone to just kill those murderous male bastards. There was also the concept of the ending where the perpetrators of the mass homicides are beings of another "exterminators". While I thought the whole ending idea was kind of stupid, I had to admit that I was impressed with the design of the plague instigators. Elliot Gould and Jason Priestly were dynamite in this film and Kerry Norton wasn't that bad I guess. However, I did think that teenage daughter was an idiot yet I still felt sorry for her fate. Overall, this movie doesn't compare to Family or Pelts but it is still good in some aspects.moreless
  • It might be more sci-fi than horror, but it was as disturbing as anything else in the series.

    People are jumping to conclusions when they write about what the reasons are for destroying the human race. Just because the characters in the story "might" be alluding to us being self-destructive might be true, but does not explain the actions and motives of the ones responsible because there is nothing to indicate why they did it. The show was pretty good with a few sequences that were mainly shocking than terrifying (i.e. the airplane sequence). The few parts that made me scratch my head was why the daughter was acting so stupid and why Priestly's character didn't take the castration shot even though he already had a family. Other than that it's one of the better episodes this season.moreless
  • Excellent! Thought provoking and topically relevant.

    Some themes are chillingly familiar in American society today. Everything ties in very well; world events, religion, social attitudes and pandemics. It's also a very good lesson on demonstrating how an idea can spread like a disease under the guise of moral righteousness. Also some very good dialogue and acting. The actress that plays Amy the daughter is very convincing. She has an interesting allure. She is very young and will do well. Overall the story is very suspenseful and well done. Woooah! Jason Priestly sure aged a lot! Figures, I haven't seen him since 90210.moreless
Nelson Leis

Nelson Leis

Rodney Bearden

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Agam Darshi

Agam Darshi

Airport Travel Agent

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William S. Taylor

William S. Taylor

Don House

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