Aida and her daughter Aidita are struggling to survive the ravages of a hurricane that has devastated the island of Puerto Rico, when they suddenly find a strange creature living in their backyard.

Director’s Vision for ‘El Extraño en la Casa Rivera

My idea for The Strange Monster at the Rivera House came from a place to expressing the desperation that people in Puerto Rico felt in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria within genre. I thought that it might be easier for people to engage with a Puerto Rican story if it was grounded in a genre that is popular and reveals truths in an exciting ways. The Strange Monster at the Rivera House is a not typical horror story for an untypical situation. While it won’t repair the damage done by the storm or lasting scars that can be seen throughout the island, I hope this film is an entertaining catharsis to the emotions of how people felt when experiencing the aftermath of devastation.