Film Review: Itsy Bitsy

We humans have a strange and wonderful array of phobias. These range from the everyday, such as the fear of flying or needles, to something debilitating like agoraphobia. Probably the most common is arachnophobia. Spiders are almost universally feared. Although mostly harmless, it can feel like they’re everywhere and the thought of one slowly descending from the ceiling……shudder. In Itsy Bitsy, the danger is all too real.

Struggling to come to terms with a fatal car crash, earn a living in New York and bring up her two children on her own, Kara (Elizabeth Roberts) jumps at the chance of a job as a private nurse for a chronically ill man (Bruce Davison) in the Midwest. He’s an avid collector of ancient artefacts, which seems harmless enough until an accident leads to the unleashing of a primordial evil.

Itsy Bitsy is a clever take on arachnophobia wound up inside a family drama fuelled by grief, trauma and guilt. What Micah Gallo’s monster may lack in sheer size, it more than makes up for in the terror it induces. Indeed, Itsy Bitsy uses all the anxieties and fears provoked by arachnids to conjure up an impressive horror movie. One which works both as a tense thriller and will make you jump out of your skin.

Itsy Bitsy will be available on Sky Store, iTunes and UK digital platforms from 14th October

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