Synopsis:Aside from the historical backdrop of the Bathory legend, there are two modern storylines. Unknown to the audience until later in the film, these two storylines are separate time frames set apart by a period of twelve years, yet interwoven as one continuous story.
In the dungeon torture scenes, where Bathory kills hundreds of beautiful young women (historically true) and bathes in their blood in order to procure everlasting youth, she is assisted by a Priest who has her imbibe certain drugs.
The first contemporary storyline deals with a young woman, Beth. She works in a church orphanage during the day and in a bookstore, nights. She is also studying part-time for a university degree. Into her life comes a strange young man, Raif, who requires her to procure for him old books on Bathory. For reasons she does not understand, when Beth collects these books she begins to have strange flashbacks of distant memories. As this storyline progresses, Beth also appears to be involved in a series of violent and bloody murders of women, and Raif shadows her wherever she goes. Beth suffers headaches, delusions, memory loss, and fearing she is losing her mind, goes to her friend and long time confidant, Father Michaels.
The second storyline deals with a series of gruesome and puzzling murders which take place within a large metropolis, and these seem to be the murders associated with Beth (as the possible murderer). A detective, John Mason, is assigned to the case, and he shares much of the information with his small daughter, Mitz, an eight year old (going on forty-five), who, like her father, is stimulated by crime puzzles. Confiding in his daughter as he does, John has strong conflict with his highly religious wife, Shaunna. Aside from her objections to John’s influence on their daughter, Shaunna is strongly defensive of her religion, and constantly attends church, where she has a close association with her local Priest. This creates great tension between her and John regarding the care of Mitz. Shaunna, like Beth, also suffers constant headaches, and is seeing a series of doctors - who are unable to diagnose the cause of her illness.
As the storylines converge it is revealed that Mitz was Beth as a child, and the priest who so influenced her mother, Shaunna, was Father Michaels, the same priest who is now a father-figure to Beth, and who helped raise her in the church orphanage. As her memory returns, Beth recalls the many murders her father was investigating, and that her parents were killed as a result of her mother’s deep psychosis.
It is through Raif’s investigations around Beth, that we learn the truth. There is an evil and secret order of Priests, stretching back to Bathory’s time, who through their drugs and manipulations have followed the Bathory bloodline down through the ages, re-perpetuating her evil deeds wherever they go, and using her descendants as the vehicles for violence. These Priests are in many churches, in many orders, like a parasite living inside a benign host. Investigator-assassins, like Raif, must hunt them down and eliminate them.