In much the same way ‘From Dusk To Dawn’ flips from a crime caper to vampire flick, Berg flips the film from home invasion gone wrong, to a horror survival flick
There is a certain irony that is not lost on me of casting an Icon of Doctor Who as an on-screen village Doctor and It’s great to see McCoy onscreen again. He seems to be relishing playing Dr.Huggins. McCoy has built a career on his quirky personality and it’s in full force in this film. When we first see the doctor he has been kidnapped and tied up, McCoy is able to play the doctor as both timid and nervous. He has a certain kindness about him, whilst his eyes suggest something darker. As the film progresses, he is able to convey how his love for his wife is driving his perverse behaviour which gets more intense by the minute. It reminds me of the spiral to madness that Jack Nicholson goes through during The Shining, (although with a different level of intensity). McCoy’s energy just gets weirder and it’s a brilliant performance from someone who I consider to be more of a comedic actor. I very much enjoyed watching McCoy explore such an evil character.
Famous for her turn in 1956’s Doctor Zhivago, Tushingham joins the cast of The Owners as Dr Higgins’ wife ‘Ellen’, a woman who is sadly experiencing signs of Alzheimers, mixed with moments of clarity. As someone who has seen first-hand how Alzheimers can play havoc with someone’s personality, I think Tushingham nails her performance. One moment she could be nursing Terry in a very motherly way, whilst giving him an injection of dubious intent, and a split second later the Alzheimer’s makes her turn on Mary. Tushingam makes the transition seamlessly, it is intense and catches the characters completely off guard. This means that Tushingham is able to make her character go to darker places than Mccoy. It is a captivating performance for an actress not known for horrors.
When Julius Berg met with Dan Hubbard, to discuss casting, Hubbard had only one name for the lead character Mary and that was Maisie Williams. It was an instant yes from Berg. Likewise, it’s easy to see why Williams signed on. Films of this genre can be accused of having weak female characters, but The Owners attempts to break the mould. Williams’s character Mary goes from not having a major part to play in the film at the beginning, through to being very much the central character by the end, and she gives one hell of a fight. Unfortunately, though, Berg seems to have missed out giving any depth to Williams’s character. We learn very little about her and she is forced to spend the last part of the film running and screaming, so in that regard Berg does not push the genre forward. That said Williams does well with what she is given to do, despite the characters limitations. If you have ever seen Williams play Arya Stark in Game of Thrones, then you will be very familiar with how she portrays the character of Mary. For me I would have liked to see Williams stretch herself a little further with the characterisation.
Directed by Julius Berg
Mathieu Gompel (written by) &
Julius Berg (written by)
Hermann Huppen …
Bbased on the graphic novel “Une nuit de pleine lune” by Hermann Huppen & Yves H.
Maisie Williams Mary / Jane
Sylvester McCoy Richard Huggins
Rita Tushingham Ellen Huggins
Jake Curran Gaz
Andrew Ellis Terry
Ian Kenny Nathan
Stacha Hicks Jean
An office worker by day and blogger by night. Garry is the creator and writer of The Silver Hedgehog. A Sci-Fi geek (don’t mention Terry Pratchett or Isaac Asimov unless you have a spare hour) and avid film fan (noted for watching Titanic 8 times at the cinema 🤩). Enjoys writing reviews and blogs in his spare time, and is waiting for the day he gets paid for it!