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Behind the mysterious disappearances of several women in Venice is artist Antonio Sordi, who becomes a vampire at night and either kills his victims on the street or lures them to his belltower studio where he drops their corpses into boiling wax and then uses them as inspiration for his paintings. By day Sordi has a strange romance with Dorian, an aspiring American ballerina, who resembles Melissa, a mistress to Sordi's 15th century ancestor, Erno Sordi, a prominent artist who was burned at the stake for sorcery. Daisy Allen, Dorian's friend, is killed by Sordi in his studio. Several days later, Donna, Daisy's sister, learns from Max, Daisy's boyfriend, that she had been to see Sordi. After the artist denies having met Daisy, Donna tries to convince Max of the parallel between the legend of the Sordi belltower--in which the soul of Erno Sordi returns from the dead as a vampire, seeking revenge against Melissa, who betrayed him--and the disappearances of her sister and the other women. Trailing Sordi, Donna is discovered by the vampire and killed by him while seeking safety on a nearby merry-go-round. After killing Linda Moreno, a stripteaser, and her jealous husband, Sordi, as a vampire, attacks Dorian on the beach. Unaware that Sordi is the vampire, she seeks refuge in the artist's studio. There, the crazed Sordi, believing himself to be his reincarnated ancestor and Dorian to be Melissa, tries to kill her but is himself destroyed when the waxed bodies of his victims suddenly come to life and drive him into the vat of wax.