by Samantha Shuma
The rest of this analysis contains spoilers for The Owners and may be disturbing to some readers, discretion is advised.
This is the end of the expected plot, the ‘break-in gone bad’ situation. The film morphs into a different story, revealing the true character of the Huggins, their home, and their relationship with Terry. Dr. Huggins fakes calling the ambulance and doesn’t save Nathan. Mary and Terry are left to be taken care of by the Huggins, who have by now locked all the doors leading out of the house. Through this section we find that Mary has a twin sister, Jane, who left home after breaking up with Terry. Also, the Huggins had a disabled daughter, Kate, who died some time ago. Although Dr. Huggins considered caring for Kate a blessing, it is proven that Kate didn’t have a blessed childhood. Although she could hardly walk, Kate was beaten and left in the spandrel for hours at a time. We know this because Mrs. Huggins does the same thing to Mary. Mrs. Huggins slaps Mary across the face for wearing shoes inside the house, saying that shes ‘told her a thousand times’ not to do so. When locking Mary in the spandrel, she says ‘some time in the closet always calms you down.’ Mrs. Huggins is shown to be senile, acting as if her daughter is still alive. We are then shown, by Dr. Huggins, a photo album containing newspaper clippings of missing girls. At the end of the film, Mary tries to leave with Terry through a van in the basement, where Mary gets shot in the chest and Terry is left with the Huggins, both saying “we knew we could trust you.” The film ends with the safe opening to reveal Jane, tied to a bed, Terry being reunited with her.
Looking at the film on Amazon Video, you wouldn’t think much of it. For the sake of the mystery, it is advertised as a horror based around a robbery. Although this is true, it does very little to reveal the real story of the film. The robbery is only a piece of the puzzle, a means to an end. It is a plot device, a way to get Mary into the manor. It is after that point everything goes wrong, and we learn the real motives to Terry proposing the robbery in the first place. Not as a means to make a quick buck for him and his friends, but as a selfish, merciless way to get back together with Jane. Although we learn Terry and the Huggins’ reasons for doing this, the details and clues in the film reveal a sinister backstory. By tying all of these loose threads together, we get a clear picture of this disturbing situation and reveals how long of an endeavor that led up to the film’s events.