I can stomach most any film. I gird my loins and off I go. Torture? I can hang. Impalement? Bring it on. Decapitation? Yuck, but sure. But when a movie has spiders, or more specifically, a giant spider? That’s when I run behind the door, peak through the hinges with my fingers in front of my face. To this day, they freak me out.
ITSY BITSY, the new film from Micah Gallo (streaming as of 8/30 everywhere), is one of those films. The spider isn’t a giant, but it’s bigger than it needs or should be. So, there was much trepidation as I approached this film. Kathy laughs at me. Don’t blame me; blame that mad man Rod Serling. On a very early episode of NIGHT GALLERY, an arachnophobe is haunted/hunted by a spider that keeps getting bigger and bigger (see photo, YIKES!). As an eight year old watching that, I was scared shitless. I remember that night well. In bed, anything little something in the bed was that spider. I dare not look next to my bed, or the giant hairy nightmare will be there, waiting to pounce. It really affected me, as I now know.
But I did watch ITSY BITSY, and I’m very glad I did. You should too. It’s quite atmospheric, with a creepy and totally believable creature. It really works - good acting, smart characters that you care about. A winner. But couldn’t have been a giant moth? Ah shit, that would have freaked me out too - maybe even more. Do you remember that Twilight Zone about the giant moth that attacks a podcaster after a late night recording? You don’t? hmmmm - Mark Az