The Owners (2020)

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The Owners (2020)

The Owners follows a group of friends in the 1990s who think they found the perfect easy score: an empty house with a safe full of cash. But when the elderly couple that lives there comes home early, the tables are suddenly turned. As a deadly game of cat and mouse ensues, the would-be thieves are left to fight to save themselves from a nightmare they could never have imagined.
UK
France
USA
IMDb   4.9 /10
Metacritic   54 %
TheMovieDb    5.7 /10
RottenTomatoes  63 %
FilmAffinity   5.0 /10
Creators
Director Julius Berg
Writer Mathieu Gompel
Writer Julius Berg
Writer Geoff Cox
Information
Release Date2021-02-21
Runtime1h 32min
GenreComedy, Crime, Horror
Content RatingNot Rated (Not Rated)
AwardsAwards1 win & 2 nominations
CompanyBlue Light, Logical Pictures, Wild Bunch
CountryUK, France, USA
LanguageEnglish
Maryas Mary…
Richard Hugginsas Richard Huggins
Ellen Hugginsas Ellen Huggins
Terryas Terry
Nathanas Nathan
Jeanas Jean
Michael Yates
Michael Yates
Drunk Farmer on Bicycleas Drunk Farmer on Bicycle

The Owners (2020 film)

The Owners is a 2020 horror thriller film adapted from the graphic novel Une nuit de pleine lune by Hermann and Yves H. Directed by debut director Julius Berg, with a screenplay by Mathieu Gompel and Julius Berg in collaboration with Geoff Cox, it stars Maisie Williams, Sylvester McCoy, Rita Tushingham, Jake Curran, Ian Kenny and Andrew Ellis.

The Owners was released in the United States on September 4, 2020, by RLJE Films.


Plot

Gaz, Nathan, and Terry have decided to break into the home of Dr. Richard Huggins and his wife Ellen, as it's in the countryside and is said to have a very large safe full of cash. Nathan's girlfriend Mary complicates matters when she arrives to retrieve her car to go to work, but she is persuaded to come along. She enters the house after the boys fail to access the safe, as she had been waiting for a long while.

Once inside, she tells Nathan that she's pregnant. When the Hugginses return the boys tie the couple up and try to threaten them into opening the safe. In the process Richard recognizes Nathan and Terry from when they were children, causing Nathan to become reluctant to continue the theft. In an attempt to take control Gaz picks a fight with Nathan and stabs him. He then tries to hurt Ellen, only for Mary to kill him with a sledgehammer. As she and Terry untie the couple, Ellen seems to recognize Mary.

Richard tricks Terry and Mary by offering to operate on Nathan and pretending to call for an ambulance. Ellen then secretly drugs Terry, who hallucinates Mary's twin sister Jane, who went missing a few months back and is presumed to have run away. Mary realizes that they've been tricked. Richard tries to persuade her and Terry to drink tea with them, during which they discuss the untimely death of the couple's daughter, Kate, years prior, as well as the mysterious disappearances of numerous teenage girls in the area. Now aware of the danger the couple poses, Mary tries unsuccessfully to escape. She and Terry make it to the garage, only for Terry to shoot Mary in the back.

As she bleeds out, Richard taunts Mary about her impending death, despite acknowledging that she saved him and his wife from Gaz. He also tells her that he and his wife have captured and imprisoned several girls in their safe, where they would dress them up as little girls and call them "Kate". They didn't find one that fit the role until they captured Mary's sister Jane, and when Richard opens the safe it's revealed that Jane is still captive within. The last thing Mary sees as she succumbs to blood loss is her sister chained inside the safe. As a reward for helping them, the couple imprisons Terry in the safe with Jane.

The film ends with Terry's mother discussing her son's disappearance with the Hugginses, unaware of the couple's involvement and the presence of the freshly buried bodies of Gaz, Nathan, and Mary in the garden.


Cast

  • Maisie Williams as Mary / Jane Vorrel
  • Sylvester McCoy as Dr. Richard Huggins
  • Rita Tushingham as Ellen Huggins
  • Jake Curran as Gaz
  • Ian Kenny as Nathan
  • Andrew Ellis as Terry
  • Stacha Hicks as Jean

Production

In February 2019, it was announced that Maisie Williams had been cast for the film. In May 2019, Jake Curran, Ian Kenny, Andrew Ellis, Sylvester McCoy, Rita Tushingham and Stacha Hicks joined the cast.

Principal photography began in May 2019. Filming took place in an isolated Victorian mansion in Kent, near London.


Release

In April 2020, RLJE Films acquired distribution rights to the film. It was released in the United States on September 4, 2020.


Reception

Critical response

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 65% based on 40 reviews, with an average rating of 6.1/10. The website's critics consensus reads: "The Owners will prove excessively mean-spirited and over the top for some, but should be just pulpy enough for genre enthusiasts up for some home-invasion thrillers." Metacritic reports a score of 53 out of 100 based on four critic reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews".