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    • CommentAuthordiggergig
    • CommentTimeAug 6th 2014 edited
    It was an American TV movie which I saw way back in the 90's, itself made in the late 70's or early 80's.

    It featured entirely - if memory serves - on the interior of a science building in which a virus is let loose.

    This virus induced the similar destructive symptoms of films such as 28days/months, but in this case the victims still have full awareness. They can communicate and co-operate. (In one scene, a group of infected work together to break down a locked door.)

    A kindly old scientist becomes infected and manages - with difficulty - to explain to the scared young girl whom he had previously doted on that the virus induces "...rage, Carrie; beautiful rage."

    The only other thing I recall is that when someone activates the alert signal, a phone uses a military internet signal to call out the armed forces and shut down the building with iron shutters to prevent escape.

    It's the most Crossed-like film that I've experienced - even more so than the 70's version of The Crazies - and I'd love to see it again. I've tried key searches without success. Being a TV movie goes against it in this respect.

    Does anyone have an inkling of a title?
    • CommentAuthorHaggy
    • CommentTimeAug 6th 2014
    Not at all. I remember seeing what looked like a Crossed for a half second at the very end of World's End though.
    • CommentAuthorShan
    • CommentTimeAug 6th 2014
    • CommentAuthordiggergig
    • CommentTimeAug 6th 2014
    Shan, that's the one!

    Thank you so much! I've wanted to see it again for years; now at least I have a name to search with.

    Wow, 1985 - later than I thought.

    BTW; is this a movie you were already aware of?
    • CommentAuthorShan
    • CommentTimeAug 6th 2014
    I've seen it a long time ago. The details matched what I remembered, especially the shutters.
    • CommentAuthordiggergig
    • CommentTimeAug 6th 2014 edited
    Thanks again. I've found it on Amazon straight away.

    PLUS, I recommend this film to all CROSSED fans.
    • CommentAuthorShan
    • CommentTimeAug 6th 2014
    No problem, I'm surprised I remember it as well as I do. The scene that still most sticks in my mind is that same infected scientist still being able to just control himself enough to have a (short) conversation with an uninfected colleague (obviously separated by some distance for safety on the uninfected colleague's part) about the possible causes, effects and treatment.

    Another film in the same ballpark where at least some of the affected at least realise they're crazy is The Signal (2007) (not the recent release).
    • CommentAuthordiggergig
    • CommentTimeAug 6th 2014 edited
    I know that film, and I also love that film.

    It's been hugely underrated IMHO by people looking for a straight-up horror fix, but has some wonderfully insightful moments from the POV of the sufferers.

    It has that same 'Crazies' feeling of 'I hope I don't go nuts, whoops I just went nuts!'
    • CommentAuthorShan
    • CommentTimeAug 6th 2014
    Actually, here we go a trailer for The Signal which has a very Crossed feel in some ways.

    The Signal trailer.
    • CommentAuthordiggergig
    • CommentTimeAug 6th 2014 edited
    Remember watching that movie from the Horror Channel without any idea of what it was.

    The first segment with the guys slowly losing it stuck in my mind for a long time afterward; it was very well done.

    And *that* film reminded me of the wonderful novel IQ88, espeshily the bits where the bits where they start losing it but they dont know they is losing it and you is liek haha you is losing it sucker but im not haha have a nice dayayay

    editeditesitesitesdityedit where is the blood god now where is he NOW>??

    Further Edit: There is also a film out which is similar to Stephen King's PULSE, whereby folk who use a certain popular social networking site become crazies due to the 'code' infecting their brain, or some such nonsense. Pretty high-school stuff, but a mildly arousing concept, albeit ruined in that film, whatever it was/is. I think it's from around 2012/13
  1.  (11403.11)
    There was also a (god-awful) Asylum film called 13/13/13 that reminded me a lot of Crossed, except that the "crazies" in this flick weren't the result of an infection, but rather demons possessing anybody who wasn't born on a leap year or something like that and turning them into giggling psychopaths.
    • CommentAuthordiggergig
    • CommentTimeAug 7th 2014
    I've seen that one also, Crookedally; it was indeed terrible but I must admit to taking a certain pleasure out of the first half hour. Something about the general scenario is always so...delicious?
  2.  (11403.13)
    Oh it certainly had moments, dig. The main character's two buddies were both creepy and darkly hilarious at times, his daughter getting possessed and the way she talked to that other friend (who might or might not have been a pedophile) was also rather disturbing. The moments were sparse, however, among long stretches of pointless nonsense and terrible acting.
    • CommentAuthordiggergig
    • CommentTimeAug 7th 2014
    Couldn't agree more.

    What they need to do is make a film about a virus that makes people go evil in a more evil way than that. And maybe puts a rash on their face as well.
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    I've been having fantasies off-and-on about making a Crossed short film, but I don't really have the resources or the experience to pull it off.
  4.  (11403.16)
    There is a Cronenberg film from the mid-70s called Shivers and also retitled as They Come From Within. It is about a worm that contains a virus and once a person is infected by it they lose their inhibitions. It affects anyone including children and the elderly. The movie was more sexual than violent. It is similar to Crossed in some ways and might be worth a look.
    • CommentAuthorpajaro
    • CommentTimeAug 7th 2014
    what about the crazies movie (well I only know of the remake)

    The Crazies reminded me of crossed as well
    • CommentTimeAug 7th 2014
    Highly reccomend The Signal, very well rotten and directed. I would say that it's about as close to a crossed universe than anything I've seen (yet). The people infected have some degrees of control and cognition.
    • CommentAuthorDannykat
    • CommentTimeAug 8th 2014
    Just watched the Masters of Horror adaptation of The Screwfly Solution, and it kind of feels like a mix between the Fatal Englishman and The Thin Red Line (and the virus itself even seems to be sentient and rooted in religion). Unfortunately, there is a catch. Multiple catches, in fact.

    It's incredibly low budget, none of the actors can act, the setting -- which was genuinely scary for the first few minutes -- is completely destroyed by the first two complaints, and (although this was pretty great) the scientists observing the infected must be on the lookout for a erections, or, as they call it: "a trouser bulge".

    In essence, it was so bad that I think I'll just go buy the book. At least it's good for something, eh?
  5.  (11403.20)
    I saw The Screwfly Solution and Shivers, but both were a long time ago. I found the latter oddly fascinating, though still disturbing. At the time, I couldn't quite tell whether I was supposed to consider the ending happy or horrifying. Probably has something to do with my views on "free love" and all that, which I still recall having when I saw Shivers as a young teenager, even though I was more of a conservative libertarian at that point in my life.

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