The film is set in Carleton, a small town in 1950s California, where Count Dracula arrives, having killed and assumed the identity of an artist named Bellac Gordal (Norbert Schiller) who has traveled from Europe to visit his cousin, Cora Mayberry (Greta Granstedt). The story revolves around his interaction with Cora’s daughter, Rachel (Eberhardt).
When shown on US television, it was titled Curse of Dracula. In the UK it was released theatrically as The Fantastic Disappearing Man. Later in 1958, the film Horror of Dracula appeared in theaters in both the UK and the US, and Return of Dracula was eclipsed as a result, due to Christopher Lee’s new stardom as the Count.