1980s horror. Samantha Sherwood (Samantha Eggar) has worked with the well-known director Jonathan Stryker (John Vernon) on all his major films. She naturally assumes she has been given the title role in his latest venture, 'Audra'. He asks her to do some background research on the part, and arranges to have her committed to an asylum, as Audra is a former psychiatric patient. Samantha goes along with this, not realising that he intends to leave her there indefinitely and audition six young women of various professions for the part instead. She finally manages to escape, and returns to the spooky old mansion where the auditions are taking place. But who is causing the young hopefuls to disappear one by one? Is it Samantha? Stryker? Or is one of the actresses willing to kill for the coveted part? Just who is the killer behind the old hag mask?