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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 need to feed on the brains of the recently living because it somehow made them feel better by easing their pain. Night of Living Dead (1968, directed by George A. ...


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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 they crossed the event horizon, cueing much clawing of eyes from sockets and eating of flesh. Some of the original crew experiences are accessed & shown as ...


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The answer to this is Francis Ford Coppola's Dracula. Yes, it exaggerates a relationship between Dracula and Mina and makes up a story for how Dracula became a vampire (which the novel never explains and hints that Dracula, himself, doesn't know how it happened). It also is a bit eccentric with the costumes and leaves out the full bat transformation but ...


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"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 fuller synopsis may be found on Wikipedia.


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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 mountains against intruders. The review at Moria Reviews gives a bit more of a description: At the end of the American Civil War, the dying Virgil Cane tells ...


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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 Lexington became an orphan. and he is raised by his vegetarian grandmother in an isolated rural setting. She was his great-aunt: And thus it was that the infant ...


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It sounds like The Brothers Grimm: The scene below specifically has a boy being eaten by a horse. NSFW (obviously)


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Sounds like an update to the old Lovecraft story, "The Colour Out Of Space". That's essentially the plot, but it sounds like it's been altered considerably. The Curse, aka The Farm, was a 1987 film adaptation. A meteorite lands on the property of Nathan Crane (Claude Akins) and local physician Alan Forbes (Cooper Huckabee) is unable to explain why the ...


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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 a planet on the edge of the galaxy, stuck between "Camp IV" and "Port Sanderson" when his tractor breaks down. Since it's only four miles to Port Sanderson, he ...


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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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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 would have described it as more goo-like or visceral. However, maybe you have misremembered slightly. Species is a 1995 movie, so slightly earlier than what ...


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The story is The Green Ribbon, from the book In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories You can listen to an audio version of it on Youtube here. There's also probably some different versions of the story that change the colour of the ribbon, depending on a few things.


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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 Afriel, a shaper (one of the two factions in the Schismatrix universe, the other being the mechanists) arrives on an asteroid, where another shaper, Galina ...


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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 ground they make no connections. They land the plane only to discover that things haven't changed. But its like the world is dead. No one is there, the air is ...


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It's The Spider by Hans Heinz Ewers. I read it in an anthology called The Weird edited by Anne and Jeff Vandermeer.


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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 stunned at the revelation. Casey and Stokes flee to the swimming pool where Stokes is injured and infected. Zeke and Casey go to the locker room, where Marybeth ...


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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 two prongs come out to stick into the front of the forehead. Then the drill comes out and drills through the front of the forehead, actively pumping out blood ...


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I found it. Shadowzone, from 1990. I kept looking for 80s movies but was just short, lol. It did have an underground lab and alternate dimensions, but it wasn't hibernation or cryogenics but experiments in deep sleep conciousness that caused the rifts.


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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 horrifying results. The crew of the mining base must fight to survive against a genetic mutation that hunts them down one by one. The alien/creature came from a ...


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According to The Shining: Jack of All Trades, Master of None, the line is a reference to the Kipling poem "that suggests that Europeans are the caretakers of the world." But this is also Jack making a reference to alcoholism as the hidden price paid by the middle class for the cost of industrialization and the benefits of the technological society. That ...


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Episode of The Outer Limits entitled "Production and Decay of Strange Particles". Researchers wearing hazmat suits perform experiments in nuclear physics. They inadvertently create a nuclear life form. It invades the hazmat suits, filling them with lightning and enslaving the researchers. Episode is apparently loosely based on Edmond Hamilton's short story ...


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It's not from a movie, but rather from a haunted house created for 2011 Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood, go to around 3:08 in this video: (found it by doing a reverse image search on the gif along with the search term "movie", which took me to this metafilter thread where someone identified it)


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This sounds like the famous "tree rape scene" from the 1981 film The Evil Dead. It was the first of the trilogy of humorous horror films made directed by Sam Raimi and starring Bruce Campbell as Ash.


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Is it perhaps "Mirror, Mirror" of the Amazing Stories TV series? The plot is centered around Jordan Manmoth (Sam Waterston), a author of horror novels. One day, following an appearance on The Dick Cavett Show, he mistreats a young fan awaiting his idol at his doorstep, and soon thereafter begins to see a phantom-like character approaching him whenever he ...


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This sounds like Demon Seed, a novel by Dean Koontz made into a movie of the same name.


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That is probably Prince of Darkness from John Carpenter. IMDB article: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093777/ Alice Cooper had a short appearance in the film.


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This has to be the Night's Dawn trilogy by Peter F. Hamilton! The sprawling narrative deals with a far future where humanity wages war against past souls flooding back into the land of the living via possession (Al Capone and Fletcher Christian are among the returnees). Hamilton's future is expansive and primarily optimistic, with huge sentient space-...


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This description puts me in mind of the indi-movie The Drift which is available, from the production company, in full on YouTube here. The crew of a salvage ship goes into a dark nebula to scavenge a group of ships stranded by the "Darkwave" and finds them distressingly occupied. The occupants are warring cannibal clans who have managed to interconnect ...


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The Watchers' Council of Britain originally began as the Shadow Men (creators of the Slayer) in ancient Africa. As far as I know, no canon stories have detailed the history of how they came to settle in Britain. Being based in Britain, it makes sense that the majority of Watchers would also be British. This is especially true in modern times, as we see ...


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