Movie Review: Itsy Bitsy (2019)

September 23, 2019

Written by Kelli Marchman McNeely

Kelli Marchman McNeely is the owner of She is an Executive Producer of "13 Slays Till Christmas" which is out on Digital and DVD and now streaming on Tubi. She has several other films in the works. Kelli is an animal lover and a true horror addict since the age of 9 when she saw Friday the 13th. Email:


From director Micah Gallo comes the frightening flick Itsy Bitsy, a tale about a troubled family relocating to a new town following a terrible event only to find they must now face a new threat.


You can’t help but feel sympathy for the family, a single mother (Elizabeth Roberts), her son (Armen Darbo), and her daughter (Chloe Perrin) who have moved to a new town so she can work as a home care nurse for an older man (Bruce Davison) who collects illegal artifacts. The mother is struggling. When you learn why your heart will break. She clearly has PTSD on top of a lot of guilt which causes her to push her children away, leaving her young son to take care of her daughter.


The cinematography by Marcos Durian is absolutely fantastic. Itsy Bitsy gets something right that most horror films don’t, dark scenes. When a scene is set at night or in a dark room you are still able to see the action which I truly appreciate.


As for the special effects, I was left impressed. The spiders all look great and appear to be mostly practical. Either way, they nailed it.


If you suffer from arachnaphobia you might want to sit this one out. But if you choose to watch Itsy Bitsy you’re in for a terrifying treat. The story is a fresh idea that unfolds with ease. And the cast is fantastic. Young Arman Darbo is the stand out star of the movie. He plays his role so well and does an amazing job when it comes to the emotions he must put forth.


Itsy Bitsy may feature giant acid-spewing spiders but at its heart, it is about a family fighting to find a way to survive their terrible past, lethal creatures, and the depression that has pushed them apart. Drama and horror? Yes, please!


And don’t worry, this movie has plenty of scares, both built by tension and the kind that makes you want to jump out of your seat. By the end of the movie, you’ll have the urge to put the exterminator on speed dial.


So to recap, the story was fantastic, the cast is great, and the special effects are on point. Itsy Bitsy gets a 5/5 score from me. Lucky for you, it won’t be long before you can own your own copy, it arrives on Blu-ray October 1st. You can pre-order your copy now.




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