This submission from Director Joe Dante is a great adaptation of a science fiction story that has been around a while. Alan and Barney are scientists trying to discover why the libido of men has suddenly turned them into murderous maniacs bent on killing all women.
Jason Priestley (Alan), Kerry Norton (Anne), Linda Darlow (Bella), Brenna O’Brien (Amy), Steve Lawlor (The Private), Elliott Gould (Barney), William Taylor (Mayor), J. Winston Carroll (General), Tara Leigh (Sabbath).
Add in an unusual looking comet type event in the sky, and that the disease causing the behavior is following a virus type propagation path and things get even more interesting. As Alan and Barney race to find a solution, Alan is also quite aware that his wife Anne and daughter Amy could also become victims. The implications that the disease is intentional and meant to eradicate the human species on earth is intense. Actually, a couple of reasons for the disease are suggested and exploring any of them intellectually is a bit disturbing, suggesting terrorism or an alien plot of some type.
Amazingly, Priestly was pretty good in this one and in the end, things happened to him that weren’t displeasing in the least. Gould did a bit of overacting in the beginning but thankfully found his groove after a bit. Norton, Darlow and O’Brien all put up solid performances as well.
Camera work, sound and sets were all well done. Even the sex scenes and strip club shots were enjoyable. The ending was a bit disappointing without a solid conclusion but that is also what keeps you coming back for more.
As with other MOH entries, the main regret is that the story had to be told in under an hour. This movie could have easily been another 30 minutes or more in length adding to character and story development. MOH fans will enjoy this one quite a bit as this is one of the better entries in the franchise.
At least one fairly explicit sex scene, scenes inside a strip club, and plenty of blood, guts, and gore make this one appropriate for adults only.
Masters of Horror: Joe Dante: The Screwfly Solution is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres.
Star rating: 4 out of 5
copyright ©2011 Dave Riedel
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