A pair of female college students visit a nightclub that features male strippers to take notes for a sociological term paper. After they say goodnight to each other in the parking lot, Tanya (Sheila Lussier) is abducted by a maniac who hauls her back to his basement. Arthur (S.E. Zygmont) is a madman who believes a bewigged mannequin speaks to him with his dead mother's voice, taunting him to kill. He secures Tanya to a workbench, paints garish rosy cheeks on her face with lipstick, then slowly tears her apart. Her dismembered body is found in a dumpster, and Lt. Carter (Brian Burt) recognizes the strange makeup job from other unsolved killings that he's been investigating. He interviews the girl who was out with Tanya the night she died, the distraught Rosie (Suzanna Smith), and despite an emotionally charged first impression, their mutual attraction blossoms into love. Unfortunately, the voice in Arthur's head is whispering that Rosie might be a dangerous witness against him, so he tracks her down on campus, torturing a classmate to learn her name and address. A romantic walk on the seashore for Carter and Rosie leads to lovemaking by his fireplace, while Arthur invades Rosie's home, silences her parents, and waits for her to return.
by Fred Beldin synopsis