Malenka is a 1969 Spanish-Italian horror film that was written and directed by Spanish director Amando de Ossorio, and his first horror film. The beautiful and virginal Sylvia (Anita Ekberg) is delighted to discover that she's inherited not only the noble title of Countess, but she has also inherited a castle located in the country. She excitedly calls her fiance Piero (Gianni Medici) to tell him that she's going to travel to view the castle. Once there she stops at a local inn for a drink, where she announces her destination and relation to the castle's inhabitants- which horrifies the townspeople. Unswayed by the townspeople's reactions, Sylvia arrives at the castle and meets her uncle, the Count Walbrooke (Julian Ugarte), and beds down for the night. She is later awakened by the maidservant Blinka (Adriana Ambesi), who warns her that Walbrooke is a century-old vampire that means her harm.