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Southern California 1897: While Dumas [Mark Bedell] is in the parlor cleaning his gun, his sister Roxanne [Kennedy Johnston] is in the bedroom being seduced by the lusty vampiress, Diana Ruthven [Glori-Anne Gilbert]. When Dumas finally puts down his gun and checks on Roxanne, he finds her bed empty. Suspecting that Roxanne has been spirited away by vampires, Dumas consults with Padre Jacinto [Paul Naschy]. Arming himself with a cross, a bottle of holy water, and a Bible, the Padre and Dumas set off to find the vampires' sanctuary. There they find Roxanne, stake Diana, and stab Lord Ruthven with a silver dagger as he lies in his coffin. Padre takes this as a sign from God and vows to fight against such evil until it is eradicated from the world.

Present day Los Angeles: Count Dracula [Tony Clay] has learned that the remains of his old British drinking buddy, Lord Ruthve [Arthur Roberts], are in L.A., so he sends out his daughter Martine [Eyana Barsky] along with their servant Renfield [Del Howiso] in order to bring Ruthven back to unlife and to deliver to him a copy of The Ruthvenian , the vampire's Bible written in blood. Martine and Renfield dutifully locate Ruthven's body, still lying in the coffin where Padre stabbed him over 100 years ago. They pull out the dagger, and Ruthven awakens.

Ruthven relates to Martine and Renfield the story of how he and his sister Diana vied for the love of the human Roxanne and how was this rivalry that led to their "deaths". Now restored, Ruthven vows to find Roxanne again. He starts his search in downtown L.A., but first he must have blood, having gone over 100 years without a drink. He tries to bite a stripper named Lilith [Lolana], but finds that he has been cursed by Padre Jacinto so as to never be able to drink blood again. He consults The Ruthvenian and finds that his blood stream has been poisoned by the consecrated silver dagger with which he was stabbed and that he can only drink human blood if it is first filtered through the veins of another vampire. So, he pulls the stake from Diana's heart and brings her back to life, too.

Diana is also thirsty and goes looking for blood. She stops at the Underworld, a strip club, where she becomes enchanted by the same stripper. Diana follows Lilith home, seduces her, and turns her into a vampire. Later, when Ruthven begs her for some nourishment, Diana slits a breast and collects the blood in a cup for Ruthven. A number of victims later, and Ruthven is beginning to feel stronger and is looking forward to the time when he can leave his sanctuary and begin his search for Roxanne. Unfortunately for Ruthven, Diana finds Roxanne first and brings her back to their lair in order to taunt her brother. Ruthven is so angry at Diana for possessing Roxanne again that he replaces the stake in Diana's heart only to find that, when Roxanne awakens, she wants Diana, so Ruthven is just about to stab Roxanne with the silver dagger when Padre Jacinto's spirit appears and forces Ruthven to use the dagger on himself. With both Ruthvens now destroyed, Padre Jacinto is free to rest.

Meanwhile, because he feels that the Ruthvens have not been keeping a low enough profile, Dracula sends out Martine and Renfield once more to tell the Ruthvens to cool it. When they arrive at the Ruthven's sanctuary, however, they find both Diana and Ruthven have been destroyed. However, Roxanne and Lilith are still there, so Martine bring them, along with all of Diana's victims (now turned vampire), back home to her father. "Ladies of the evening," says Dracula, "welcome to the House of Dracula. Let's party!" [Synopsis by bj_kuehl]


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