Movie Review: ITSY BITSY

ITSY BITSY was produced and directed by Micah Gallo who co-wrote the screenplay with Jason Alvino and Bryan Dick and stars Elizabeth Roberts, Arman Darbo, Chloe Perrin, Eileen Dietz, Bruce Davison and Denise Crosby. The music is composed by Garry Schyman and Frederik Wiedmann.

A creepy-crawly creature feature based on the centuries-old poem, Itsy Bitsy weaves a sinister web of family drama, personal demons, and a horrifying monster. In Itsy Bitsy, Kara, a private nurse and single mother, moves from the big city to the quiet countryside with her two children, 13-year-old Jesse and 8-year-old Cambria, to live with and take care of an elderly man with multiple sclerosis. Things seem normal enough until Jesse discovers a mysterious old relic in the old man’s house, leading to unexpected and horrifying things coming to life.

The movie follows Kara Spencer (Elizabeth Roberts) and her two children, Jesse (Arman Darbo) and Cambria (Chloe Perrin), who move from the big city to the country so they can start a new life. Kara is a nurse who’s going to work for Walter Clark (Bruxe Davison), a sick old man who collects antiques and ancient relics. The thing about Kara and her kids is that this trio is a dysfunctional unit and Kara is dealing with some serious issues from her past that has left her haunted. The small family gets settled in and it doesn’t take long for things to get creepy because a giant egg gets broken in Walter’s home and it’s been serving as a prison for this legendary creature that escapes.

I won’t go into too much detail about certain events that takes place in the movie, like where this big egg comes from and how it actually gets broken, so I don’t spoil things for you. Okay, the spider begins to make its rounds and it makes itself right at home. It’s also growing and laying eggs! The creature begins to terrorize Walter as well as Kara and her two kids where they find themselves in a fight for their lives against this mysterious monster that comes with a deadly bite. The thing about Kara is that her motherly instinct finally kicks in and allows her to step up and protect Jesse and Cambria from this terrifying predator.

Itsy Bitsy ended up being one of the better spider movies to come along in a while. We all remember the nursery rhyme from our childhood but what this movie does is take that story and twist it into a terrifying creature feature. Hello arachnophobia! The story was really interesting and it’s detailed to the max, from the creature’s origins to how it arrives at its new home. I thought the cast did a really good job with their characters, especially the two younger actors. The mother isn’t really likable until she gets her shit together close to the end but I think that’s how we’re supposed to view her because she’s an extremely flawed character.

There’s some great camera work in the movie that has several unsettling scenes where the spider would be so close to one of the characters who are completely unaware that they have a stalker and then the camera pans away for a second and when it comes back the creature is gone. Yikes! As far as the special effects go, it’s a combination of old school practical effects and visuals and I thought it all looks creepy cool. I followed this project from the very beginning and even contributed to the Kickstarter because I felt like there was something special about Itsy Bitsy and the final product is a creepy crawly creature feature that’s a lot of fun. Micah Gallo has delivered a really fun spider movie that has everything a horror fan wants. It’s an atmospheric thriller and the creature is completely terrifying. Itsy Bitsy will be playing in select theaters and On Demand on August 30th. Remember to watch all the way through the end credits!

Distributor: Shout! Studios

Run Time: 95 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

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