The History of Monsters

Haunted every night by monsters of unknown origin, an isolated woman finds a stranger in the woods and struggles between her safety and her sexual desires.

  • Juan Pablo Arias Muñoz
  • Juan Pablo Arias Muñoz
  • Talya Stern
  • Tom Meredith
    Philophobia: or the Fear of Falling in Love
  • Mauricio Abud Friederichsen
    Production Design
  • Charles Carter
  • Karin Okada
  • Valeria Gonzalez
    Key Cast
    Remembering Spain
  • Oscar Peña
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Horror, Drama, Thriller
  • Runtime:
    19 minutes 39 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 25, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    60,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English, Spanish
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital Alexa Mini 4:3 @ 2.8K
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2.66 : 1
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • AFI Fest 2019
  • Manchester Film Festival
  • Insólito Horror and Fantasy Film Festival 2020
  • Phoenix Film Festival 2020 / International Horror and Sci-Fi Film Festival
  • Chicago Latino Film Festival 2020
  • Sarasota Film Festival 2020
  • Sunscreen Film Festival 2020
  • Newport Beach Film Festival 2020
  • Portland Horror Film Festival 2020

    Goule D'Or - Best Short Film 2020
  • Cine Las Americas 2020
  • Philadelphia Latino Film Festival 2020
  • Screamfest Horror Film Festival 2020
Director Biography - Juan Pablo Arias Muñoz

Juan Pablo Arias Muñoz is a Chilean born filmmaker based in Los Angeles, California. He received a Bachelor's Degree in Social Communication and Audiovisual Directing from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. He is a Fulbright Scholarship Award recipient and attended the American Film Institute Conservatory where he received a Master of Fine Arts in the Directing discipline. He has written and directed several award winning short films and music videos. - His work has been presented at the New York Film Festival, the Stockholm Film Festival, the Seattle International Film Festival and the Screamfest Horror Film Festival among many other international events.

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Director Statement

THE HISTORY OF MONSTERS is a project that is very close to me because it's the story of my mother. I was inspired by her courage, her sacrifice and her strength to push through a situation of abuse. This film represents the essence of what she went through after escaping a violent marriage. She was very young when she decided to focus only on raising me and my brother on her own, giving up all other aspects of her life. I believe she made this decision because she refused to let her past repeat itself. In this film, Evelyn refuses to be a victim much like my mother, and we explore the sacrifices she’s forced to make in order to ensure her safety. At the heart of my mother’s story lies a history of objectification and violence against the female gender. As a man I know I will never fully comprehend what it’s like to experience the world like Evelyn, but it’s very important for me to make an effort to grasp it. For these and many reasons more, this project became a compelling challenge as a film director and an imperative exploration as a man.

An interesting conversation could be had around the decision Evelyn makes at the end of the film. Some might consider it an immoral choice because she’s killing an innocent man. I believe that, after understanding what Evelyn’s been through, it’s impossible to blame her for making that decision. She did what she had to do. She was forced to make this decision to keep herself safe. The real guilty party is what drove her to this point: toxic masculinity, the history of monsters.