An Educational TED-Ed Animation About the Truth and Myth Behind Vampires

TED-Ed commissioned educator Michael Molina to “dig up the science and the superstitions” about vampires in their animated Halloween short “Vampires: Folklore, fantasy and fact.” The animation was created by Nadav Arbel with artwork by Morgan Barak.

The myth of the bloodsucking vampire has stalked humans from ancient Mesopotamia to 18th-century Eastern Europe, but it has differed in the terrifying details. So, how did we arrive at the popular image we know, love and fear today? And what truly makes a vampire…a vampire?