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"Nosferatu" Examined: The "Dracula" Connection

It didn’t have jump frights, showy set pieces, or gory CGI. It didn’t have chainsaws or cabins in the woods. It didn’t scare us. But it haunts us.
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Overview

It didn’t have jump frights, showy set pieces, or gory CGI. It didn’t have chainsaws or cabins in the woods. It didn’t scare us. But it haunts us. Nosferatu is a classic but unofficial cinematic adaptation of Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel Dracula. Join two experts to deconstruct this historic film and uncover its monster, who was so iconic that his very shadow is recognizable.

About

Sara Cleto

Dracula and other vampire stories are touchstones—ways to talk about big concepts like sex, race, globalization, disease, and death while pretending you’re talking about something totally different.

INSTITUTION

The Carterhaugh School of Folklore and the Fantastic

Sara Cleto and Brittany Warman are folklorists, teachers, and writers who cofounded The Carterhaugh School of Folklore and the Fantastic, where they show creative souls how to reenchant their lives through folklore and fairy tales. They both earned PhDs in English and Folklore from The Ohio State University. They have authored more than four dozen publications and lectured at venues such as the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Maryland Renaissance Festival. The Carterhaugh School won the Dorothy Howard Prize from the American Folklore Society.

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The Real History of Dracula
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Brittany Warman

Vampires are a way to bridge things that scare us—or that we’re not fully comfortable with—with what we desire.

INSTITUTION

The Carterhaugh School of Folklore and the Fantastic

Sara Cleto and Brittany Warman are folklorists, teachers, and writers who cofounded The Carterhaugh School of Folklore and the Fantastic, where they show creative souls how to reenchant their lives through folklore and fairy tales. They both earned PhDs in English and Folklore from The Ohio State University. They have authored more than four dozen publications and lectured at venues such as the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Maryland Renaissance Festival. The Carterhaugh School won the Dorothy Howard Prize from the American Folklore Society.

By This Expert

The Real History of Dracula
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01: "Nosferatu" Examined: The "Dracula" Connection

Nosferatu is a classic but unofficial cinematic adaptation of Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel Dracula. Released in 1922, Nosferatu is a silent German expressionist horror film that pioneered new techniques and helped establish horror tropes that remain in effect even today, more than 100 years after it was made. Join two experts to deconstruct this historic film and uncover its monster, who was so iconic that his very shadow is recognizable.

11 min