In 1922 F.W. Murnaus released a silent film called ‘Nosferatu’. At the time the vampire film was considered so scary that the Swedish Government decided to put out a 50-year ban that prohibited its screening. Now, the classic is expected to return to screens in a whole new modern twist. Robert Eggers Director of ‘The Witch’ is teaming up with Warner Bros. Pictures and Studio 8 to recreate this beloved horror.
In an Interview on Indiewire’s Filmmaker Toolkit, Eggers discussed his plans for the film saying that his take on the classic will go “back to the origins of the folk vampire”. In light of the news, Bloomeration has put together a list of strange folk vampire facts for you to sink your teeth into.
Five Strange Folk Vampire Facts:
1. Bread and Blood
In Russian folklore, it was believed that a mixture of flour, and the blood of someone believed to be a vampire, could ward off potential danger. Baked into bread, the grotesque snack was said to ward off potential vampire attacks.
2. A gross vampire deterrent
As a defence against a female vampire, or ‘Mora’, people in Yugoslavia believed that rubbing themselves in strong-smelling substances like garlic, green nutshells, or cow dung found in a hawthorn bush, would deter the evil spirits.
3. How to kill a vampire
In our modern age wooden stakes are depicted as the prime method of killing vampires, however, in ancient folklore, this wasn’t the case. While vampires were staked in the heart, it was merely a means to keep them pinned to their coffins. If you’re looking to pick a fight with a vampire, traditional methods state you should decapitate them and stick their head between their feet so that they can’t find it.
4. No rest for the wicked
Eastern Europe in the 18th-century was rife with plagues and disease, which wiped out a large portion of the population. Without access to a medical explanation, the European people turned to supernatural causes and found, you guessed it, vampires. When they dug up the graves of the dead to figure out the cause of the mysterious deaths, they found something alarming. The dead appeared to have grown out their hair, their fingernails were longer, their bellies appeared large and bulging, and the corners of their mouths pooled with blood. While this was a normal symptom of decay, the European people imagined something much more sinister. Not only did the corpses look very much alive, some made moaning and groaning sounds, as the trapped gases in their bodies escaped.
5. Vampires around the world
No matter where you are in the world you can’t escape the vampire. Here are some of the creepy vamps you might run into during your travels:
Indonesia: In Indonesia, there is a creature called the ‘Penanggalan’. While this creature might seem like a normal woman by day, during the night she detaches her head from her body, leaving her spinal cord and internal organs dangling from her neck. The creature will seek to devour newborn babies by breaking into houses, If she is unsuccessful she will settle for sticking her long tongue into sleeping occupants, draining them of their life from afar, until they meet their death. Pleasent.
Greece: In Greece, legend has it that a creature called ‘Callicantzaro’ appears during the twelve nights between Christmas and Epiphany. The creature has a black gnarled face, red eyes, and a mouth filled with sharp fangs. Anyone who was born between the Christmas and Ephiphany was said to become the horrifying creature, which tore apart and devoured anyone in its sight. While these December babies had a worrying destiny, legend had it that holding the infant over a fire until its toenails were suitably singed, would save it from becoming the horrific blood-sucking beast.
Poland: In Poland, a creature called the ‘Upier’ would not only drink copious amounts of blood from its victims, it loved the substance so much that it also bathed, and slept in it. According to legend, the creature had a thorny tongue that would pierce your neck and suck you dry.
Hope you enjoyed those five seriously grotesque vampire facts. If we left out your favourite vampire tidbit, why not leave a comment down below and share some of the knowledge!