Evelyn lives isolated in a cabin in the woods haunted every night by monsters of unknown origin. One day she finds a man in the forest and decides to help him. She becomes entranced by the stranger and struggles between her safety and her sexual desires.
For the past seven years Evelyn has been living isolated in a cabin in the woods. She has survived by following two very strict rules: First, spend every minute of daytime gathering food and water. Second: Always be indoors by sundown. That’s when the monsters come.
One day she finds a man bleeding to death in the forest. She decides to bring the stranger into her home to save him. Craving for human contact, Evelyn becomes entranced by him but her instinct is to protect herself, for she can’t tell Adam’s true intentions.
Unable to trust him to stay or exile him into a certain death, Evelyn decides to keep Adam tied up inside her cabin and struggles between her sexual desires and her survival-oriented way of life.
Women live in a more dangerous world than men. This is a fact.
Women and men are raised with a very different set of values and skills regarding sexuality and safety. Men are taught to be aggressive. Women are taught to watch over their shoulders. Society has been designed by men so that whenever a woman decides to live out her sexual impulses, there’s a degree of self-preservation that she needs to give up. In the heart of this contradiction lies a historical debt 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 in this way, but it is very important for me to make an effort to grasp it. Over the years I’ve been deeply moved by the stories of those close to me who have experienced sexual violence or live in a paralyzing fear of it. Almost as if it were only a matter of time before it happened. I am also ashamed of my gender’s lack of empathy and awareness of this reality, especially when it comes to my own. For these and many reasons more, this project has become a compelling challenge as a film director and an imperative exploration as a man.
THE HISTORY OF MONSTERS is an opportunity to explore this issue from a different angle. My objective as a director is to use the horror language to make the audience experience the world through Evelyn’s perspective. To make them understand the emotional toll of a woman that decides not to be a victim of these circumstances. The supernatural elements in the film serve as an atmospherical backdrop, physically introducing the character’s psychological truth to the image. At its core, this is the story of a woman who learns that her sexual impulses are a threat to her safety, so she suppresses them and destroys her object of desire.
In his Oscar acceptance speech, Guillermo del Toro talked about using fantasy to tell stories about what is real. That is one of the bases of this movie. I have always thought that the best horror films are the ones that make you realize that the real horror is out there, in the real world. You are living it. It starts once the movie is over.
Juan Pablo Arias Muñoz │Director