(NSFW) Schlock du Jour: The Curious Dr. Humpp (1969)

directed by: Emilio Vieyra, Jerald Intrator
runtime: 87 mins

It’s February, you know what that means! Twitterpated teens with hearts for eyes, their wings and gills all aflutter. Love is in the air! What better time, then, to share this review with you for THE CURIOUS DR. HUMPP

Dr. Humpp is a mad doctor who performs libido experiments upon young, virile, kidnapped men and women. The purpose of these experiments? To prolong his own life, perhaps. Guided by a talking brain in a jar, Dr. Humpp uses his masked robot monsters to help him do his bidding, and also fuck with our understanding of what it is to even be a movie in this synapse-shredding hypnoquarium of softcore science fiction.

I’m going to guess Dr. Humpp’s first name is Humphrey. Dr. Humphrey Humpp.

The content is not unpleasant, but questionable in the form of writhing, naked women. The soundtrack is mesmerizing, transforming your living or entertainment room into a liminal space of high-strangeness all its own. It brings to mind ORGY OF THE DEAD with its hypnotic qualities of stretched-out softcore scenes and repetitive, disorienting music. It’s only the surprisingly beautiful black-and-white photography that tethers this film to reality.

Consider me tethered.
Do I look at the ass or the crying baby tattoo?

Sexploitation is a tricky thing to give any sort of rating to. What am I rating exactly? The quantity and quality of arousals I get? Honestly, I’m sure that plays a part on a subconscious level. For DR. HUMPP, however, I’ve rated it based on its ability to transport me into a waking dreamrealm. By that metric, DR. HUMPP gets a rating of three boners and a tit.

Letterboxd users will notice two directors listed for THE CURIOUS DR. HUMPP. Emilio Vieyra and Jerald Intrator. Emilio Vieyra directed the original Argentinian feature, LA VENGANZA DEL SEXO! The film in question, THE CURIOUS DR. HUMPP, is just a re-edited version of LA VENGANZA DEL SEXO, with 17 additional minutes of sexploitation scenes added. It was Jerald Intrator who directed these sexploitation inserts.

Gesticulate toward your crotch. Aaaand… Action!

Director and film-history encyclopedia, Frank Henenlotter, provides a critical commentary track that makes the entire AGFA Blu-ray release of this film. He speaks briskly and saturates the viewer with creamy ejaculate an overwhelming amount of film history, trivia, and anecdotes. What he provides is basically an essay, set to film. If you watch this commentary (and I suggest you do), be prepared to have your watchlist grow by a mile as Henenlotter references dozens of films that beg to be spread like peanut butter watched.

The Blu-ray also contains a short film entitled TOMB ITMAY CONCERN, starring “Little” Jack Little. I couldn’t find much information on Jack Little, other than the fact that he was a 4’5” burlesque comedian. His comedy was very Laurel and Hardy in nature, and not my thing at all.

In addition to the short, the Blu-ray features “Brain Damaged Trailers”, a mini compilation of sexploitation trailers for THE CURIOUS DR. HUMPP, THE DEADLY ORGAN, STRANGE COMPULSION, MUNDO DEPRAVADOS (WORLD OF THE DEPRAVED), and THE LOVE CULT. It’s a treat for any trailer comp lover, and a nice little special feature.

This one’s called Wonderwall.

Have a good hump, everyone! And thanks for reading. It’s good to be back.

-Elliot


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