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See Cranks Come To Life In This Exclusive Clip From Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

The Flare: it starts with mood-swings, headaches, and nonsensical ramblings. It ends in cannibalism and complete insanity. We first learned about the existence of the virus near the end of The Maze Runner but it’s in the sequel The Scorch Trials where we get to see the damage the virus can do to its victims.

Slangily called Cranks, sufferers of The Flare are removed from society and condemned to live out their last, excruciatingly painful days in abandoned cities and towns. That’s because they’re highly infectious. Also: hideous to look at. Also: they are compelled by their crazy new urges to eat you.


It takes a lot of work to look this bad—like, upwards of three hours worth, as we learned in an exclusive clip from the Ultimate Fan Edition Blu-ray of Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials.

Sometimes the makeup and prosthetics application process goes on for so long the cast and crew would have to break for lunch in a half-Cranked state. Bulging, translucent silicone veins and faux open burn blisters have to be applied all over the bodies of the actors and then painted to look like rotting human tissue to achieve that ‘Way past gone’ look that is the mark of an ultimate Crank. Check out the video to see how it’s done:

In addition to the video above, the special edition Blu-ray set includes deleted scenes, bloopers and outtakes, and a feature called Janson’s Report, a collection of debriefing videos from when Thomas, Newt, Minho, Frypan, and Aris first arrived at the clandestine WCKD facility run by Janson. There’s also two new Maze Runner origin stories in the form of a 24-page comic book. And it’s all available to own tomorrow.