In the Seventeenth Century, in Maldavia, Princess Asa Vajda and her lover Javutich (Arturo Dominici) are killed by the local population, accused of witchcraft. A mask of Satan is attached to their faces. Princess Asa curses her brother, promising revenge to his descents. The body of Javutich is buried outside the cemetery, and the coffin of Princess Asa is placed in the family's tomb with a cross over it for protection. Two hundred years later, Professor Thomas Kruvajan and his assistant, Dr. Andre Gorobec, are going to a congress in Russia and they accidentally find the tomb. Dr. Thomas breaks the cross, releasing the evil witch. When they are leaving the place, Dr. Andre meets Princess Katia Vajda, descendant of Princess Asa, and falls in love with her. Meanwhile, Katia is threatened by the witch, who wants to use her body to live again.
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The full list of differences between the 83-minute original cut and the 80-minute AIP cut:
- A different English-language dub, and a new score by Les Baxter.
- An added pre-text crawl warning the audience about the film's content: "The producers of the picture you are about to see feel a moral obligation to warn you that it will shock you as no other film ever has. Because it could be very harmful to young and impressionable minds, it is restricted to only those over fourteen years of age."
- Alternate opening credits.
- A brief exchange between Katja and Constantine where he tells her their father has died is cut.
- A scene where Katja and Andrej talk in the garden is cut.
- An exchange between Katja and Andrej outside her room is cut.
- Kruvajan's death scene is cut down significantly to remove shots of his eye spurting blood.
- The scene were Prince Vajda reanimates and menaces Katja is trimmed.
- Vajda's death scene, particularly the close-ups of his head melting, is trimmed.
- Asa taunting Andrej before being burned at the stake is cut.
- Added closing credits.