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Itsy Bitsy

A family moves into a new house where they are stalked by a giant spider.
Creature Feature

 

United States
2019
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Character Focus: 
Giant Film
Insect Film
Insects: 
Spider
Catastrophes: 
Crash
Giant: 
Hulk
6
You will feel a thing...
5.04
5.04
7.04
6
2
3
3
Performances
Plot
Effects
This spider is larger than an adult’s head. We get close-ups of its eyes and legs, but we never get a good look at it. It’s been a while since we’ve had a decent spider film that takes itself seriously. There are two major subplots, here, though, that make the film much heavier than it needs to be. There’s also way too much drama for a story about a giant spider.
Most social interactions belong to another movie. The script spends time in the wrong places. What is exposition good for if characters are constantly fighting? This family was doomed before the spider even showed up. The third act, on the other hand, is everything I wanted this to be. It’s brutal, fast-paced, and unpredictable. Sadly, the cast was too small for anyone else to die.
Denise Crosby plays a sympathetic Sheriff and she’s the only character with good vibes. Bruce Davison play the spiritual man who’s too old for this shit. Elizabeth Roberts is popping pills every other scene. The practical effects are amazing, but exclusively seen in the dark. The film is almost entirely shot in the dark, actually. It’s daunting, but if that’s what it takes...
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