Featuring a creepy rendition of a familiar nursery rhyme, the psychologically harrowing creature feature Itsy Bitsy pits a single mother against an eight-legged critter big enough to cause nightmares for life... if you're lucky enough to survive. Directed by Micah Gallo, executive produced by Cory Neal, and co-written by Daily Dead contributor Jason Alvino, Itsy Bitsy has now been acquired by Shout! Studios for North American distribution.

The team at Shout! Studios is planning a theatrical release for Itsy Bitsy this year. We have the full press release below with more details, and in case you missed it, read our previous interview with director Gallo for insights into the making of the film.

Press Release: Los Angeles, CA – April 8, 2019 - Shout! Studios, the multi-platform filmed entertainment distribution and production arm of Shout! Factory, has acquired North American rights to the chilling horror thriller ITSY BITSY, written by Micah Gallo, J. Bryan Dick, Jason Alvino, and directed by Micah Gallo (The Innkeepers). ITSY BITSY stars Academy Award® nominee Bruce Davison (X-Men, Insidious: The Last Key), Denise Crosby (Pet Sematary, Showtime’s Ray Donovan), Elizabeth Roberts (World’s End, Old Fashioned), and up-and-comer Chloe Perrin (ABC’s Single Parents, Netflix’s Glow). The announcement was made today by Shout’s founders and CEOs Bob Emmer and Garson Foos, Throughline Films’ founders John W. Bosher and Chris Charles, and Jordan Fields, Vice President of Acquisitions at Shout! Studios.

Shout! Studios has secured all North American distribution rights to ITSY BITSY, including theatrical, broadcast, video-on-demand, and home entertainment rights for cross-platform releases in the U.S. and Canada. Shout! Studios plans to launch this movie across multiple entertainment platforms beginning with a day-and-date theatrical launch in 2019 through Shout’s genre entertainment imprint, Scream Factory™.

“This is a horror film with legs, eight of them to be precise. It’s scary, stylish and disturbing in a very primal way, and it will have you double checking every space in your home for quite some time. So naturally we’re delighted to share the experience far and wide,” said Jordan Fields, Vice President of Acquisitions at Shout! Studios.

“Itsy Bitsy was love at first scare. The film pays homage to monster movies of the ‘80s, utilizing a creature most people find terrifying in small sizes, let alone as a giant cave spider. We’re thrilled to have partnered with Shout! Studios and look forward to delivering this bone-chilling story to audiences everywhere,” said Chris Charles, Co-Founder, Throughline Films.

Movie synopsis

A story tangled up in a web of family drama, personal demons, and a horrifying monster.

Based on the centuries-old poem, a family moves into a secluded mansion where they soon find themselves being targeted by an ancient entity taking the form of a giant spider.

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.

Directed by: Micah Gallo
Written by: Micah Gallo, J. Bryan Dick, Jason Alvino
Producer: Micah Gallo
Co-Producers: Ricardo O. Delgado, Jesse Curl
Executive Producers: Cory Neal, Geno Tazioli, Adam W. Rosen, Brandon K. Hogan, Jonathan Helmuth
Creature Effects: Dan Robert Creations
Costume Designer: Rosalyn Isidro
Edited by: Matt Latham

About Throughline Films
Founded in 2012 by longtime collaborators John W. Bosher and Chris Charles, Throughline Films is a comprehensive producer representation and consultancy firm specializing in completion funding, worldwide distribution, and marketing. Throughline’s extensive network of distributors, sales agents, financiers, festival programmers, and vendors provides a one-stop shop for connecting independent films to the world.

About Shout! Studios
Shout! Studios is the filmed entertainment production and distribution arm of Shout! Factory, specializing in all aspects of distribution, including theatrical, VOD, digital and broadcast. Reflecting Shout! Factory’s ongoing commitment to innovation and excellence, Shout! Studios champions and supports like-minded filmmakers and creators at the forefront of pop culture, driving creative expression and diversity in independent storytelling. Shout! Studios finances, produces, acquires and distributes an eclectic slate of movies, award-winning animated features, specialty films and series from rising and established talent, filmmakers and producers.

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