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10 Things That Modern Movies Get Wrong About Vampire Stories In History.

Let’s face it. Vampires were subverted by Hollywood as a way to sell more tickets. In principle, I suppose there’s nothing wrong with this. Though, in the process, everything that used to make vampires so terrifying is now lost. (Scary vampires didn’t sparkle, for one thing.)

That said, here are 10 things that modern popular vampire culture gets wrong (or just plain ignores) about everyone’s favorite bloodsucking ghouls.

1.) The life cycle of a vampire. 

According to folklore, a vampire emerges first as a soft, blurry shape with no bones. Instead of a nose, the vampire at this stage has a sharp snout for sucking blood. If the vampire is able to stay alive for 40 days, it can start to develop bones. At that point, it’s much harder to kill.

2.) Vampires can feed on the dead. 

A widespread practice during the Black Death in Europe was to bury the dead with a rock or a brick in their mouth. This was to keep the dead from feeding on other bodies if they were to come back to life.

3.) Vampires are not always aristocrats. 

Most modern vampire stories show them as sophisticated aristocrats. Yet most vampires in popular folklore were uncultured peasants. You might even call these peasant vampires dumb.

4.) You can only kill a vampire with a stake.

Another huge misconception about vampires is that they can only be killed with a stake through the heart. According to vampire folklore, this is just not the case. Folklore is ripe with stories of vampires killed purely by cremation without needing to be staked.

Other popular methods of killing vampires include (but are not limited to) boiling the head in vinegar, burying the corpse at a crossroad, bury the corpse face down, and pour boiling oil on the body. Fun times.

5.) Vampires have powers.

No, they don’t. The idea of vampires with powers (telepathy, mind control, transforming into a bat) is a Hollywood invention. There is no traditional basis for powered vampires.

6.) How you become a vampire. 

Modern vampire mythology says that you can only become a vampire though getting bitten by another vampire. Traditionally, that’s not the only way you can become a vampire. For example, you were a risk of becoming a vampire if you were an illegitimate child, were once a werewolf, or if you had red hair. 

7.) You can avoid becoming a vampire if you’re bitten.

Legend has it that if you suspect you were bitten by a vampire, you should drink the ashes of a burnt vampire. To prevent an attack altogether, you could make bread with the blood of a vampire and eat it. Yum!

8.) Things that repel vampires.

Before Christianity, there were more ways of repelling vampires. These methods included scattering seeds, salt, iron, bells, peppermint, and running water.

9.) Vampires can have children. 

Contrary to older vampire movies and according to folklore, vampires can have children. It comes from the legend that if a dead husband came back as a vampire, the first person who he would go after would be his wife.

Sometimes the result of these encounters would be vampire sex resulting in a child. These children were considered to have powers that helped them slay vampires.

10.) Sunlight.

The idea that vampires can be killed by sunlight is also a recent invention. There is no mention of sunlight having any effect on vampires, according to folklore. 

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It sounds to me that the vampires from folklore are way cooler than our modern day idea of vampires. I always thought it was kind of dumb that vampires had telepathy powers. I mean, they’re immortal and kill innocents…don’t give them more powers!

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24 Abandoned Houses From Around The World That Are Beyond Creepy

If you’re into urban exploration, then chances are you’ve found some pretty cool abandoned buildings on your travels.

And you’ve most likely discovered a decrepit house that made you feel a little uneasy at some point. I’ve always wanted to experience that for myself, but after seeing all the unsettling homes below, I’m more than happy to limit my experience to looking at photos.

Prepare to get the chills when you feast your eyes on these examples of urban decay from around the world.

1. Nothing is foreboding about this Slovenian home at all…

2. Not exactly welcoming, am I right?

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3. This house in Detroit, Michigan, looks like it came straight out of a horror movie.

4. This house in Denmark looks like it belongs to a witch.

5. The vulture sitting on the roof really doesn’t make me feel good.

6. I’m convinced that this farmhouse is haunted.

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7. Okay, this one may be creepy, but it’s also stunning.

8. What’s creepy about this isn’t so much the house itself, but the mannequins hanging out on the porch.

9. I’m not going anywhere near this Floridian horror.

10. And I’m going to avoid Ohio, too.

11. This ghoulish home is in Scotland.

12. I wouldn’t go there in the daytime, let alone at night!

13. I guess I can cross Ontario off my list.

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14. This Turkish home makes me want to run far, far away.

15. Don’t go to Seneca State Park in Maryland unless you want to be totally freaked out.

16. I’m afraid to ask what’s inside this house in Ontario, Canada.

17. The Bennett School for Girls in New York isn’t exactly a house, but it’s definitely unsettling enough for this list.

18. Although it’s beautiful, this Scottish home is not on my list of places to visit.

19. I have a suspicion that the inside of this Pennsylvania house is way more disturbing than the outside.

20. The following mess in Coldwater, Michigan, is totally “Blair Witch Project” material.

21. I feel like Freddy Krueger might be hanging out in there.

22. I’m sure that this Russian mansion is full of untold horrors.

23. And this Hawaiian home looks like it has more than a few disturbing secrets.

24. Here’s why I prefer living in a city.

I applaud you brave urban explorers out there, but after all of that creepiness, I won’t be joining you. I just can’t risk running into this.

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