Itsy Bitsy Review: Your Skin Will Crawl With A Deathly Fear Of Spiders
Just Raise your hands if you remember Arachnophobia, the 1990 Amblin Entertainment joint about a bunch of mostly regular-sized killer spiders (and one about the size of a dinner plate) attacking a small California town.
Itsy Bitsy is a lot like that thing, except instead of imaginary killer spiders and a script note that reads “what if this was more like Aliens,” it’s got a quasi-Lovecraftian occult explanation. And another spider a little bigger than a dinner plate.
There’s plenty of practical makeup effects, too, and while most of the gore is pretty mild, it is also very gross, with lots of oozing and skin turning to jelly. Unfortunately, occult jibber-jabber, solid production design, and an effective climactic sequence in a cobweb-strewn attic with a nice spidery fake-out can only do so much to save Itsy Bitsy from sagging into by-the-numbers horror territory for much of its running time.
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.
Genre: Horror, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By: Michael Gallo
Written By: J. Bryan Dick, Micah Gallo, Jason Alvino
In Theaters: Aug 30, 2019 Limited
Runtime: 94 minutes
Some Critics Opinion about Itsy Bitsy?
Frank Scheck (Hollywood Reporter)
Itsy Bitsy works well enough on its own terms, providing some genuine jolts and benefiting from the excellent performances.
Noel Murray (Los Angeles Times)
The gothic atmosphere and the disgustingly gooey special effects are the main attraction. The existential dread is just an extra.
Christian Toto (HollywoodInToto.com)
Ignore the film’s marketing materials. This thriller has more to offer than empty calorie scares.
Jennie Kermode (Eye for Film)
You’ll have to be pretty seriously arachnophobic to begin with to be scared by this one.
Matthew Roe (Film Threat)
The majority of computer effects throw immersion out the window (quite literally in one instance), and regardless of how hard the movie tries, it doesn’t make up the lost ground by the end.