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
I didn’t know much about Itsy Bitsy before pressing play. I knew it had something to do with spiders, and supposedly had some decent practical creature effects, but I never read a synopsis or watched a trailer. I like creature features, an one of my favorites is Arachnophobia, so I hoped for something along those lines. I received a streaming link to screen the film early on, but by the time I got around to it, my link had expired, so I had to wait for the Blu-ray to arrive before I screened the movie. I actually watched it with a close friend, and we both felt pretty much the same about it, but we’ll get to that in a minute. Itsy Bitsy is one of a few upcoming Shout! Studio productions. My feelings about the film aside, it’s well done, as far as production values go.
Itsy Bitsy didn’t work for me. It started out strong, and the first time I saw the practical spider, I got excited, but unfortunately it’s more of a melodrama with a spider somewhere off in the dark. Also, sprinkled in with the practical effects is some pretty questionable CGI. There was far less creature action than I would have liked. I don’t know exactly what I was expecting from the movie, but I know I didn’t get it. Like I said, it’s a well made movie, and you may enjoy it far more than I did. The acting is great, and what little spider action we get is well done, but it just wasn’t enough to hold my attention. Maybe it’s me. Maybe I was in a bad mood, or maybe I was just in the mood for some mindless creature violence. Either way, this just wasn’t for me. I will store it on my shelf along with the rest of my coveted Scream Factory releases, but I doubt a time will come when I feel the need to revisit Itsy Bitsy.
Scream Factory’s Blu-ray release of the film is more than adequate. It features an AVC-encoded 1080p transfer in 2.40:1, and a DTS-HD MA 5.1 audio track. The picture quality is quite good, and the audio track is serviceable. It’s not an action movie, so there’s not much action on the back channels, but it’s loud an clear, so no real complaints. There isn’t a ton of bonus content on the disc, but it does contain two audio commentary tracks, several featurettes, and trailers. Overall, it’s a solid release of an okay’ish movie. Like I said, it didn’t work for me, but maybe it will for you. Hopefully Shout! Studio’s next production will grab me more than Itsy Bitsy did, but, it’s mostly well made, and if you’re in the mood for a drama with a few scenes of a mixture of practical and cgi spider, then this might be right up your alley. Itsy Bitsy is now available on Blu-ray and DVD. You can purchase a copy of your own by visiting the Shout! Factory website.
- Audio Commentary with director/writer Micah Gallo
- Audio Commentary with director/writer Micah Gallo and writers Bryan Dick and Jason Alvino
- The Spider: Beginnings
- Itsy Bitsy: The Journey
- Denise On Set
- Kickstarter Mini-Featurettes
- The Most Spidery Spider – Andy Dick Screen Tests For Itsy Bitsy
- Storyboard Gallery