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Why do zombies eat our brains?

In regards to why the zombies feed on brains, there is an official explanation is a quote from Return of the Living Dead’s writer and director, Dan O’Bannon, who suggested that the undead felt the ...
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What was this movie I saw billed as the "Worst SF movie ever"?

This sounds like the infamous Plan 9 from Outer Space. The titular plan involves using pineal and pituitary stimulation to awaken the dead: The Ruler : What Plan will you follow now? Eros : Plan 9. ...
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Movie about a ship flying into a black hole and cannibalism

The movie Event Horizon (1997) features a crew investigating the return of an experimental FTL ship. The original crew used an artificial black hole as part of their drive tech, and went crazy when ...
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Sci-fi horror short story about alien that wants to be eaten

I'm pretty confident this is the classic Philip K. Dick short story "Beyond Lies the Wub." Quoting from the plot summary on Wikipedia: Captain Franco, paranoid after an earlier ...
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Gloomy HP Lovecraft adventure quest with de-hydrated water

From the details given in the question, I'm sure this is "The Night Land" by William Hope Hodgson. Although not a Lovecraft work, it is very much in his style, and as the questioner recalls ...
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Flying Bloodthirsty Lampshades

"Not of this Earth" (1957) Roger Corman's 1957 film included, among other things, a flying alien shaped like a lampshade that lands on Dr. Rochelle's head and kills him, with blood pooling out. A ...
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Western buddy movie with a supernatural twist where a woman turns into an eagle at the end

The Shadow of Chikara (1977) Two former Confederate captains set-out to recover diamonds hidden in the mountains of Arkansas but a native spirit named Chikara is said to protect the sacred ...
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An organisation related to science fiction monsters

I believe you are looking for the SCP Foundation stories. Operating clandestine and worldwide, the Foundation operates beyond jurisdiction, empowered and entrusted by every major national ...
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Fantasy story circa 60s about a sheltered vegetarian boy who visits a slaughter house with dire results

Fantasy story circa 60s "Pig", a 1959 short story by Roald Dahl, has its own Wikipedia page. The boy's parents die when he is a baby Thus, when he was no more than twelve days old, little ...
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Horror story: only people who smoke could see some monsters

This sounds like Stephen King's "The Ten O'Clock People" (1993) in which people suffering from nicotine withdrawal are able to perceive some people as "batmen." Quoting from the ...
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WW2-era bureaucrats escaping nuclear war into Lovecraftian dimension

I think this might be Charles Stross's "A Colder War", available to read linked from Wikipedia and the author's website. The main viewpoint character, Roger Jourgensen, is a CIA analyst who ...
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'70s movie about a night flight during the Night of the Witches

You're thinking of The Horror At 37,000 Feet (IMDB) from 1973. A flight from London to New York is disrupted by demonic forces. A wealthy architect is transporting a dismantled ancient abbey on the ...
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What was this movie I saw billed as the "Worst SF movie ever"?

Sounds like "Plan 9 From Outer Space": Made in 1957, shot in black and white The titular "Plan 9" refers to "a scheme to resurrect the Earth's dead, referred to as "...
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Masochist gets more than he bargained for in fantasy horror story

Bram Stoker's "The Squaw" as per this article. The story describes in gory detail how an American tourist in the German city of Nuremberg accidentally kills a kitten. It goes on to describe,...
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Horror movie/show or scene where a horse creature opens its mouth really wide and devours a man in a stables

It sounds like The Brothers Grimm: The scene below specifically has a boy being eaten by a horse. NSFW (obviously)
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Man travelling alone across a planet, thinks about a fearsome creature that he hears behind him

This sounds very much like "A Walk in the Dark" by Arthur C. Clarke. It's not written in the first-person, but the third-person perspective includes the protagonist's thoughts. Robert Armstrong is on ...
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Scifi horror on spaceship/station with killer robot

Could this be the low-budget B-movie "Star Wars"? In a scene near the start, several people on a spaceship are attacked by a large cyborg. Several of the crew then use an escape pod.
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Movie about "flying spheres with saws" which killed people?

This is almost certainly one of the Phantasm movies. The thing you describe is called a Sentinel. The sentinels are usually silver spheres that fly through the air, approach the head of a person, then ...
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Creepy film with tentacle alien attacking crew members in a vessel in space or underwater

This sounds like Leviathan to me a 1989 deep sea mining horror movie. Underwater deep-sea miners encounter a Soviet wreck and bring back a dangerous cargo to their base on the ocean floor with ...
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Movie about a homicidal monster that lives in a cave, who is actually a woman's son

Pretty sure this is Teenage Monster (1958). In a 19th century town in the American Southwest, young Charlie Cannon sees a meteorite crash in the desert. While exploring the crash site, he is exposed ...
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Horror movie in a subway

Sounds like Creep (2004). Creep is a 2004 horror film written and directed by Christopher Smith. The film follows a woman locked in the London Underground overnight who finds herself being stalked by ...
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Do you know this insect asteroid story?

This is "Swarm" by Bruce Sterling, a story set in the Schismatrix universe. It was published first in 1982, in the April edition of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. Captain-Doctor Simon ...
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Movie/TV series with a scene of spiky, black goo growing out of a lab container?

This sounds like Species. About 35 minutes into the movie, there is a scene quite similar to what you have described. The alien substance in the Species scene I am thinking of is not really spiky. I ...
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Book of Science Fiction Horror I Read as a Kid

"Soft" by F. Paul Wilson Can be found in a number of horror fantasy anthologies, including Masques and Soft and Others. See the link above for a full list of places the story has been published. I ...
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Story about a man waking up early from cryogenic sleep and eats his crewmates to survive

The Taste of Starlight by John R. Fultz, published in the Lightspeed: Year One magazine in 2011. You can read the full story here, but here's a brief summary from fullofwords.com: The Taste of ...
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Horror movie with two girls, one of whom is a monster who tries to kill the other in a pool

This is probably The Faculty. From the Wikipedia summary: Casey returns to the gym, where Marybeth reveals herself to be the queen, having faked taking the test earlier. She attacks Stokes, who is ...
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Movie (pre-1998) - Alien like creatures on an abandoned airport

Feels like The Langoliers from a Stephen King Book On a red eye flight to Boston from LA 10 people wake up to a shock. All the passengers and crew have vanished. When they try to contact the ...
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Which 90s "apocalypse" movie has a prostitute with a child?

Might this be a muddled memory of the 1991 film, The Rapture? Sharon, a young Los Angeles woman, engages in a swinging, libidinous lifestyle. She comes into contact with a sect that advises her that ...
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Movie about scientist trying to find evidence of soul

It's a Sci-Fi short film called "Laboratory Conditions" starring Marisa Tomei & Minnie Driver. It was published on the Dust YouTube channel. Marisa Tomei plays the doctor whose dying ...
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Why do zombies eat our brains?

White Zombie (1932) and I Walked with a Zombie (1943) are the more traditional zombie movies. The zombies in these are based on the traditions of Haitian voodoo. The Romero zombies were introduced in ...

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