Kara (Elizabeth Roberts) is a single mother with two young children. She also works full time as a private nurse, caring for people in their own homes. Kara decides to move to a country town along with her two children (13 & 8-year-old). Her new patient is an older man named Walter Clark (Bruce) Davison) who invites Kara and her children to stay with him while Kara cares for him. But what this family doesn’t know is that the older man is a collector of many ancient antiques from all over the world. One ancient item holds an entity which appears as a giant spider. And this large spider soon escapes out of this containment and is loose within the house.
Itsy Bitsy’s concept is a great one, and the movie contains a handful of praises, but sadly, there are a few missed opportunities too.
The film’s look and style is lively. Visually the film is generally dark and creepy, including the film’s opening credits. The visuals of the actual entity/spider were also impressive. Similarly to films such as Jaws, the evil creature is held back from the screen unless it’s for a quick fright for the audience. The film is naturally trying to build tension through the mysterious creature.
The film’s introduction and setup of what this entity is and how it was made or even how the older man ends up with it is unfortunately rushed. It’s incredibly disappointing to see, and I couldn’t help but think this was a missed opportunity due to lack of details in the plot. I wished this film’s 1st act was made more transparent for the audiences. It is this 1st act which hurts a good chunk of the movie, in my opinion.
After the general introduction, the film is loaded with so much more than just a scary spider lurking around a house. There are many character developments including dark pasts, guilt and many family conflicts. Whenever we do get to see a giant spider wandering around a home, we see something we’ve all seen before. ??? NOT SURE WHAT You MEAN HERE?
Like most horror films in today’s world this is loaded (like exceptionally loaded) with many jump scares, particularly in the 2nd act. Unfortunately these jumps scares didn’t quite work for me, and they’re also repetitive. Perhaps the effect of the jump scares could differ if one is afraid of ugly spiders?
Overall, with a cool title like “Itsy Bitsy”, I was excited for this new horror flick. The film’s concept is a good one, but it’s final results include a rushed introduction followed by typical jump scares. The film is also crammed with other elements in its story, such as a dark past, guilt, family problems, and the list goes on. In the end, I feel some will enjoy the thrills, but for me, I couldn’t help but think this was a missed opportunity for horror buffs around the globe.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden