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Itsy Bitsy is a 2019 horror film directed by Micah Gallo and starring Bruce Davison, Elizabeth Roberts, Arman Darbo, and Chloe Perrin. It also features performances by Denise Crosby, Treva Etienne, Eileen Dietz, and Matty Cardarople. Kara (Roberts) is a nurse who moves her children Jesse (Darbo) and Cambria (Perrin) from New York to a house on the property of the ailing treasure hunter, Walter Clark (Davison). Walter is approached by former associate Ahkeeba (Etienne) who offers him the Black Egg of Maa-Kalaratri, the sacred artifact of a tribe who may have been involved in the death of Walter's wife, Maggie. When Ahkeeba is rebuffed, he smashes the egg in frustration, and is the first victim of the spider that emerges. Kara, on her part, is carrying a dark past involving a pain pill addiction, a car crash, and a child named Stevie, and Sheriff Jane (Crosby) is deeply suspicious.

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This film exhibits the following tropes:

  • Adult Fear: Kara is dealing with the death of her youngest son, who was killed in a car crash they were both involved in.
  • Adventurer Archaeologist: Walter is indicated to have been of the "steal important historical artifacts from living tribes" type, and the point is made that it really is a form of theft.
  • Black Dude Dies First: The first character killed by the spider is Ahkeeba.
  • Functional Addict: Kara has a pain pill problem. She gets caught stealing pills from Walter, and it's implied that that's how she lost her last job.
  • Giant Spider: The spider that emerges from the egg is about three feet wide, and has deadly necrotizing venom.
  • Improbable Infant Survival: When Cambria is bit, the spider fails to inject any venom, and her puncture wounds are relatively easily dealt with. The other victims aren't as lucky.
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  • Outliving One's Offspring: Kara and her youngest son were in a car accident before the start of the movie. Kara survived, but the child didn't.
  • That Poor Cat: The first victim of the spider is a stray cat that Cambria dubs "Mr. Whiskers", and the standard stock sound effect is used when the spider pounces.

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