In the initiation of a girl into a secret society, she is killed in a game of russian roulette. Years later her sorority sisters are invited to a mansion for a party, but don’t know who is their host.
When the villagers of Kleinschloss start dying of blood loss, the town fathers suspect a resurgence of vampirism. While police inspector Karl remains skeptical, scientist Dr. von Niemann cares for the vampire’s victims one by one, and suspicion falls on simple-minded Herman Gleib because of his fondness for bats. A blood-thirsty mob hounds Gleib to his death, but the vampire attacks don’t stop.
James Earl Jones plays a drunken archaeologist who is given to recite Shakespeare. Then there’s some banter between American tourists. Since the film is set in Greece, Jose Ferrer shows up to prove he can’t speak Greek. The natives, terrified by the sudden death of some of their women folk, do what all Greek natives do in movies – drink, sing, eat, and dance!
Michael Caine gives a tour-de-force performance as both the unconventional Dr. Jekyll and his alter-ego, the fiendish Mr. Hyde. Cheryl Ladd stars as his beautiful sister-in-law and the woman he loved…whom Hyde almost destroyed.