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The fear of the vampire returns to a small village in Transylvania when the body of a young girl, with two fang marks in her neck, is found hanging in the church belfry. Some time later, a visiting monsignor finds that the terrified villagers have stopped attending church services and never venture near the castle of Count Dracula. Appalled, the monsignor forces the parish priest to accompany him while he performs an exorcism rite and hangs a crucifix on the castle door. The frightened priest flees and falls by the edge of a frozen stream. Beneath him lies the body of Dracula, who is revived by blood trickling from the wounded priest. Dracula arises, places the priest under his spell, and vows revenge on the monsignor. Upon arriving at the village where the monsignor lives with his sister-in-law Anna and her daughter Maria, the count initiates Zena, a tavern waitress, into the cult of the vampire and compels her to bring Maria to him. Zena obeys, but Maria's boyfriend, Paul, an atheist, rescues the young girl. After killing Zena for failing him, Dracula gains entry to Maria's bedroom. On his initial visit, he succeeds in leaving his fang marks on the girl's throat; his second visit, however, is thwarted when the monsignor steps forward and drives him away with a crucifix. Although the monsignor is struck down by the priest and later dies, he gives Paul instructions to combat the vampire. Finding Dracula's coffin, Paul tries to kill him but fails because he is unable to recite a Latin prayer. Then, Dracula returns for Maria and carries her off in his hearse. He orders her to remove the monsignor's crucifix from the door of the castle and hurl it down to the rocks below. Paul arrives and, during a struggle, knocks the count over the mountain wall. As Dracula is impaled on the crucifix, the repentant priest intones the requisite prayer over the vampire's body, while Paul embraces Maria and makes the sign of the cross.