"nosferatu, as they call it in Eastern Europe"
Nosferatu (1922) Poster
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‘Nosferatu’ is presented by Stoker as an Eastern European term, and by Emily Gerard in The Land Beyond the Forest (Stoker’s source for the word) as a Romanian word, synonymous with ‘vampire’. However, the word does not seem to correspond with any known word or phrase in the Romanian language. Suggestions include a Greek route to the word (nosophoros meaning ‘disease-bearing’), which is considered unlikely, or that Gerard misheard a similar sounding phrase such as nesuferitul (‘the insufferable one’).   More about the word


F. W. Murnau’s 1922 film Nosferatu is an unauthorized adaptation of Dracula, with names, details and title changed because the studio could not obtain the rights to the book. It is an incredibly creepy version of the story and well worth a watch.