The Curious Dr. Humpp
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The Curious Dr. Humpp
Spanish La venganza del sexo
Directed by Emilio Vieyra
Written by Emilio Vieyra
Produced by Orestes Trucco
Starring Ricardo Bauleo
Miguel Ángel Olmos
Cinematography Aníbal González Paz
Edited by Jacinto Cascales
Music by Víctor Buchino
Productores Argentinos Asociados
Distributed by Forbes-Unistar (United States)
January 1969 (Uraquay)
May 14, 1970 (United States)
Language Spanish and doubled to English.
The Curious Dr Humpp, locally released as La venganza del sexo (Spanish for “revenge of sex”), is a 1969 Argentine sexploitation horror film written and directed by Emilio Vieyra. It focuses on a mad scientist who kidnaps people and forces them to have sex, which he views as the lifeblood of humanity to create a way for humans to attain eternal life.
People engaged in sex acts — Rachel and her boyfriend, four hippies, two lesbians, and a woman with photos of naked men — are systematically kidnapped by a hideous monster and taken away by a hearse. George, a newspaper reporter, and Police Inspector Benedict investigate. A barman remembers seeing the monster at his club just before the stripper was abducted. The police sketch is published in the paper, and the monster is spotted trying to buy aphrodisiacs at a pharmacy. George follows the hearse and is captured, trying to break into the estate where everyone is being held.
George wakes to find himself a prisoner, too. He is befriended by Rachel, who helps him overpower Dr. Humpp’s nurse. After George has sex with the nurse, she agrees to help him escape, but that may be just a ploy. Dr Humpp’s goal is to give mankind eternal life using the power of the human libido.
Ricardo Bauleo as Horacio Funes (George)
Gloria Prat as Raquel (Rachel)
Aldo Barbero as Dr. Zoide (Dr. Humpp)
Susana Beltrán Enfermera (Nurse)
Héctor Biuchet as Inspector Benedict
Image Entertainment released The film on DVD on October 3, 2000. Odeon later released it on May 23, 2005. In 2021 it released a new Blu-ray release under the Vinegar Syndrome partner label AGFA, also known as American Genre Film Archive.
Upon its 1971 release in Buenos Aires, local film critics generally received the film poorly. A reviewer from La Prensa found it puerile and a poor representative of Argentine cinema.
TV Guide awarded the film one out of five stars, calling the film “morbid”. Dave Sindelar from Fantastic Movie Musings and Ramblings noted the film’s “silly” dialogue”, surreal aspects, and overuse of stock footage, stating that the film was “for the adults-only crowd”.