Adam Rourke [Robert Winston], a wise-cracking sex-crime specialist from New York, whotalks to himself and carries an old, lifesize dummy named Harvey in hissuitcase, is called to Manila by old friend and chief inspector ofhomicide, Captain Miguel Ramos [Vic Diaz]. Girls have been turning up dead, foundhanging upside down from trees with their wrists cut and their bodiesdrained of blood. The only lead is that the latest victim (Maria Cortez)was working at the Barrio Club. ... more
Adam Rourke [Robert Winston], a wise-cracking sex-crime specialist from New York, whotalks to himself and carries an old, lifesize dummy named Harvey in hissuitcase, is called to Manila by old friend and chief inspector ofhomicide, Captain Miguel Ramos [Vic Diaz]. Girls have been turning up dead, foundhanging upside down from trees with their wrists cut and their bodiesdrained of blood. The only lead is that the latest victim (Maria Cortez)was working at the Barrio Club. Adam suggests that a good way to approachthe investigation would be for him to go undercover, posing as an Americanwriter. Miguel agrees, but only on the condition that he and Adam have nocontact with each other while Adam is undercover. Miguel's London-educatedsister Sylvia [Katherine Henryk], however, takes an instant dislike to Adam's cavalierattitude, particularly his poohpoohing the "unsophisticated" rumors that thekillings might have something to do with voodoo or vampirism.
The next night, Adam visits the Barrio, asking to see the club'sowner, Mr Calderon [Vic Silayan]. He doesn't get very far with his cover about wantingto write a story about Maria's murder. Calderon agrees only to think aboutit. While discussing his article with Calderon, Adam's attention is drawnto the bellydancer Serena Brioso [Yvonne Nielson]. Later that night, as Adam prepares to sleep, he is attackedby a man with a machete. Hehehe. The man didn't know it, but the machetejust killed Harvey the dummy. Adam was standing in the shadows with hisloaded gun and killed the killer. A bit later, Adam goes for a walk and isconfronted by a one-legged beggar named Herrera [Eddie Infante] who turns out to beMiguel's contact (and also the guy who took care of the machete-wielder'sbody). Herrera will be watching Adam and will never be too far away, hesays. On his way back into the hotel, Adam sees Sylvia drive up. She tellshim to get into her car and drives him several miles outside of the city,where she kisses him, then slaps his face and drives off, leaving Adam towalk back to his hotel. [This is payback for Adam stealing a kiss thenight before.] On his walk back, Adam notices Theresa, a girl from theBarrio Club, being dropped off.
The next morning, Theresa turns up dead. [Clue: Both Teresa and Mariawere attacked by the same person, whose face looks like an advanced caseof neurofibromatosis.] That evening, Adam returns to the Barrio Club toget an answer from Calderon regarding the article he wants to write. Whilethey chat, Serena does her bellydance again. In the middle of the dance,however, she stumbles, feels her face, and runs out. [Clue: Serena isusing the blood of the murdered girls to sustain her beauty.] Adamattempts to follow Serena but the club's bouncers toss him out.
The next time Adam goes to the Barrio Club, Serena takes him asideand asks him to meet her at the club the following evening when Calderonis planning to be away on business. Calderon is charming, Serena warns,but he can be strange and violent. While walking back to his hotel, Adammeets up with Herrera who informs him that another waitress (Elena Munoz)from the Barrio Club has disappeared. Adam informs Herrera about hisplanned meeting with Serena and tells him to relay the message to Miguelthat he should be ready to move when he gets a telephone call. When Adamreturns to his hotel room, he is immediately aware that he's not alone. Inthe dark, he tackles the intruder. It turns out to be Sylvia bringing newsfrom Miguel, who has been checking on Calderon's background. It seems thatCalderon and Serena fled to Manila from Peru where Calderon was involvedin the murder of a wealthy plantation owner. Calderon and Serena have beentogether for about three years. Now aware that she's in love with Adam,Sylvia boldly solicits a kiss.
The next evening, Adam meets Serena as planned. She tells him thatCalderon is a maniac and is planning to kill both her and Adam. She asksAdam to meet her later that night, one hour after the club closes. In themeantime, she orders him a drink, which is served to him by none otherthan their newest waitress -- Sylvia. I wanted to help, Sylvia explains toAdam. Adam berates her for getting involved, not knowing that Serena islistening to their conversation. Sylvia calls Adam's attention to thearmbands that Serena always wears. I saw them once in a London museum,Sylvia says. They're Aztec or Incan and very expensive.
Cut to Elena Munoz. She is currently tied to a table down in a cellarsomewhere, and neurofibroma man is wielding a knife. He slits Elena's armsand collects the blood in a big cauldron. The cauldron then rotates in acircle, stopping at a chair where Serena is seated. Her face has turnedhaggard. She opens a locket, takes out a pinch of magical herbs, andtosses it in the blood. Immediately, a lot of fog covers her. When itclears, her face is young again.
An hour after the Barrio Club closes, Adam shows up as planned.Serena picks him up and drives him to her house. Adam pours himself adrink, but the liquor is drugged and he passes out, but not before Serenaspins a tale of how Calderon killed his wife, killed Maria and Theresa,and threatened to kill her, too, should she ever leave him. When Adamcomes to, Serena haughtily explains that she is a Golden Goddess, chosen byher people to be immortal, existing on the blood of young women. As sheraises a knife to kill Adam, Elena Munoz's father steps out from behindthe tree. Serena runs, and Munoz cuts Adam free. Unfortunately, as Adamand Munoz make their getaway, Serena runs down Munoz and kills him. Adamis forced to make his way back to the club on foot, but not before hestops at a roadside stand and telephones Miguel.
Meanwhile, Sylvia was snooping around the club. She made her way downinto the cellar where she was seen and caught by neurofibroma man. As henow prepares to slit her arms and collect her blood, Adam and Miguel breakopen the door. They shoot neurofibroma man, but he keeps coming. He triesto strangle both Adam and Miquel, but Herrera knocks him out with hiswooden leg. Adam and Miguel cut Sylvia free. Serena, who has been sittingin her chair waiting for blood, tosses the magical herbs into the cauldronof blood, but something goes wrong. First, she turns into an old Filippinowoman, then she disintegrates into dust.
Epilogue: Miguel and Sylvia are saying goodbye to Adam at the airport. Asa gift, Miguel presents Adam with a nicely-dressed and freshly-paintedHarvey. Sylvia asks Adam whether he'll come back to Manila, and Adamanswers by kissing her. [Original Synopsis by bj_kuehl.]