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Class of 1989: Looking at Zelda as the Frightening Personification of Death in Pet Sematary

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[We're celebrating some of the most memorable horror and sci-fi movies of 1989 this month in Daily Dead's Class of 89 retrospective series! Check back on Daily Dead throughout the rest of August for more special features celebrating the 30th anniversaries of a wide range of horror and sci-fi films!]

Pet Sematary is a movie with numerous monsters. We have Church, the undead cat; Pascow, who, though he serves as something of a supernatural guide, is also a very unsettling apparition; Gage, after he has been resurrected; and the dark power of the burial ground itself. Each of these elements impacts the story in a different way, but they are all present and serve a purpose in the narrative. And that purpose is Death itself. Each of these emissaries is yet another warning that Death has its sights set on the Creed family and that their tragic fate was sealed the moment they entered their new home.

As frightening as this gang of undead phantoms is, though, perhaps the most memorable and frightening spectre in Mary Lambert’s film is Rachel’s long-dead sister, Zelda (Andrew Hubatsek). In one of the most terrifying scenes in the entire movie, Rachel (Denise Crosby
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Itsy Bitsy Director Micah Gallo Talks Crafting a Real, Creepy Spider Movie [Exclusive]

Itsy Bitsy Director Micah Gallo Talks Crafting a Real, Creepy Spider Movie [Exclusive]
Spiders are one of the things we, as humans, are commonly terrified of. I count myself in that category. And yet, I adore horror movies focused on the creepy, crawly creatures. Arachnophobia, Eight Legged Freaks. I eat it up. And thanks to effects guru turned director Micah Gallo, the new generation has a scary spider flick of their own to enjoy in the form of Itsy Bitsy.

The upcoming creature feature includes a cast featuring Elizabeth Roberts, Denise Crosby, Arman Darbo, Chloe Perrin and character actor extraordinaire, Bruce Davison. It also features some incredible practical creature effects, especially for something that started life as a Kickstarter-funded movie. I recently had the chance to speak with Micah Gallo about directing his first feature, his history with the business and much more. So, without further adieu, here's our chat.

Congratulations. As I understand, this is your first full feature. And the
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Popcorn Frights 2019 Interview: Itsy Bitsy Director/Co-Writer Micah Gallo Discusses Bringing a Big Spider to Life with Practical Effects and Working with Denise Crosby and Bruce Davison

A creepy rendition of a familiar nursery rhyme, Itsy Bitsy (co-written by Daily Dead contributor Jason Alvino) made its world premiere at Popcorn Frights Film Festival in Fort Lauderdale, giving attendees with arachnophobia (myself included) enough nightmare fuel to keep them awake for days on end. While at Popcorn Frights, Daily Dead had the pleasure of speaking with director/co-writer Micah Gallo about the multi-year journey to getting Itsy Bitsy made, using as many practical effects as possible to bring the film's big spider to life, and working with a talented cast that includes Elizabeth Roberts, Denise Crosby, and Bruce Davison.

Keep an eye out for Itsy Bitsy when it crawls into theaters and on digital and VOD platforms beginning August 30th from Shout! Studios.

Thanks for taking the time to chat, Micah. I know we talked about years ago in 2017, and you had the Kickstarter video and you got
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Suits Ep Previews a 'More Fun' Donna and Harvey, 'Bittersweet' Series Finale

In finally exploring a romantic relationship between Donna and Harvey, Suits is actually taking the pair back to their roots during the ninth and final season (premiering Wednesday, July 17 at 9/8c on USA Network).

That “dropping of the façade” when it comes to Donna and Harvey’s feelings for each other allows the characters to “return a little bit to the pre-angst dynamic in their relationship from… the early seasons,” showrunner Aaron Korsh tells TVLine in the following Q&a.

More from TVLineSuits Welcomes Back Mike Ross in Teaser for Final Season — WATCHPearson's Gina Torres Previews the 'Darker,' 'More Realistic' Suits SpinoffMr.
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Review: Pet Sematary

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Stephen King was on a roll when Pet Sematary came out in 1983, with each horror novel seemingly creepier than the last. After all, everyone loves a loyal pet, and many families can recount how they commemorated an animal/fish/bird’s life at death. Turn that domestic normality on its head and you can terrify most everyone. King admitted this was perhaps his most disturbing work, the one where he may have gone too far (which is saying a lot).

The 1989 film adaptation starred Fred Gwynne, Dale Midkiff, and Denise Crosby and did a fairly good job capturing the spirit of the novel. It performed well enough that it spawned a best-forgotten sequel.

And as with all things, it was been remade this spring and is out now on disc from Paramount Home Entertainment.

The premise remains the same: the Creeds have moved into a rural home near the local Pet Sematary.
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Suits Welcomes Back Mike Ross in Teaser for Final Season — Watch

Suits Welcomes Back Mike Ross in Teaser for Final Season — Watch
It’s only been one season, but it feels like a lifetime since we last saw legal whiz Mike Ross on Suits. So if you’re feeling impatient for Patrick J. Adams‘ return, TVLine has a special treat: an exclusive sneak peek at Mike and Harvey’s reunion.

“I always have time for an old friend,” Mike declares in the above promo for the ninth and final season. Awww, are you feeling the bromance vibes?

Harvey’s former protégé resurfaces in Episode 5 when he ends up “getting embroiled in a case against Harvey and Samantha,” executive producer Aaron Korsh told Deadline.
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Watch the Skin-Crawling Trailer for New Spider-Centric Creature Feature Itsy Bitsy

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 was recently acquired by Shout! Studios for North American distribution, and now the unsettling trailer has been revealed, offering plenty of nightmare fuel to anyone who has even a hint of arachnophobia.

Following its premiere on Bloody Disgusting, you can watch the official Itsy Bitsy trailer below.

Directed and produced by Micah Gallo from a screenplay by Gallo, J. Bryan Dick, and Jason Alvino, Itsy Bitsy stars Elizabeth Roberts, Bruce Davison, Denise Crosby, Arman Darbo, and Chloe Perrin. Keep an eye out for Itsy Bitsy when Shout! Studios releases it in select theaters and
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A Giant Spider Terrorizes a Family in Teaser Trailer For Itsy Bitsy

I’ve got a super fun trailer for you to watch today for a new horror thriller called Itsy Bitsy, and it’s going to be especially fun for those of you who hate spiders! You see, the movie centers around a giant spider who terrorizes a family!

Here’s the synopsis that has been released for the movie that offers us some insight into the story and where it came from:

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
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Itsy Bitsy – Creepy-Crawly Creature Feature Opens in Select Theaters and On Demand Everywhere August 30th, 2019

Itsy Bitsy Starring Elizabeth Roberts, Bruce Davison, Denise Crosby, Arman Darbo, and Chloe Perrin Opens in Select Theaters, Digital and On Demand Everywhere August 30th, 2019 When a family moves into a secluded mansion, they soon find themselves being targeted by an ancient entity taking the form of a giant spider in the skin-crawling horror …

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Itsy Bitsy Trailer Will Creep Out Anyone with a Deathly Fear of Spiders

Itsy Bitsy Trailer Will Creep Out Anyone with a Deathly Fear of Spiders
I don't know about you, but if there is one thing on this great green Earth that scares the hell out of me it's... snakes! But spiders are pretty creepy too. And if you're left running for the door by classic movies such as Arachnophobia and Kingdom of the Spiders then you're really going to want to go ahead and find another article to read today as the poster and, especially, the trailer for Itsy Bitsy is bound to give even spider-lovers a solid dose of the heeby-jeebies.

Personally, I think the filmmakers behind this movie have managed to nail how to make a perfect spider-nightmare on-screen. I mean movies such as the above-mentioned Arachnophobia are fun as hell, but a bunch of small spiders running around is only so scary to this guy. Then on the other end of the spectrum, we have movies such as the aptly titled
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Creepy Giant Spider Haunts a Family in First 'Itsy Bitsy' Teaser Trailer

"Went up the water spout..." This looks scary as all hell. Scream Factory has debuted the first teaser trailer for a new indie horror feature titled Itsy Bitsy, from filmmaker Micah Gallo (a VFX producer making his feature directorial debut). As the title hints at, this is a new horror movie about a giant spider but this time it's actually, seriously scary - not some fake looking bug. This one looks real, and giant, and the shots in this will give you the creeps. Don't watch if you hate spiders (like me) - it'll ruin your day/week/year/life. "A creepy-crawly creature feature based on the centuries-old poem, Itsy Bitsy weaves a sinister web of family drama, personal demons, and a horrifying monster." It stars Bruce Davison, Denise Crosby, Elizabeth Roberts, Arman Darbo, Chloe Perrin, Treva Etienne, and Eileen Dietz. Tread carefully, my friends. Here's the teaser trailer (+ two
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TVLine Items: Baby Shark Series, Shameless Promotion and More

There’s no escaping Baby Shark: Nickelodeon is developing an animated series based on the viral kids’ video/song from children’s content company Pinkfong, our sister site Deadline reports. No other details are available yet about the project, which will be aimed at preschoolers.

“Baby Shark has captured the imagination of millions of fans around the world, so it’s no surprise it’s one of the top 10 most-viewed videos on YouTube ever,” Nickelodeon’s executive vice-president of animation Ramsey Naito tells Deadline. “At the heart of any popular piece of content is a terrific character, and we have
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‘Suits’: Denise Crosby To Recur In Ninth & Final Season Of USA Series

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‘Suits’: Denise Crosby To Recur In Ninth & Final Season Of USA Series
Denise Crosby (Star Trek: The Next Generation) is joining the recurring cast of Suits for the USA Network series’ ninth and final season.

Crosby will play Faye Richardson, a no-nonsense representative from the New York Bar Association. She comes to the firm to deliver a court order, which has serious consequences.

She will join returning series regulars Gabriel Macht, Sarah Rafferty, Rick Hoffman, Amanda Schull, Dulé Hill and Katherine Heigl in the Ucp-produced series. Patrick J. Adams will guest star to reprise the role of Mike Ross. Production on Season 9 is underway in Toronto.

Suits began when legendary hotshot lawyer Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht) took a gamble by hiring Mike Ross (Adams), a brilliant, but not-so-legitimate college dropout, as an associate at his prolific Manhattan law firm. Over several seasons, this dynamic duo along with Jessica Pearson (Gina Torres), Louis Litt (Rick Hoffman), Donna Paulsen (Sarah Rafferty) and Rachel Zane
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Pet Sematary (1989)

Spoilers for all three Pet Sematary films abound throughout this review. Read on, if you dare.

Tfh Guru Mary Lambert‘s excellent, intense and darkly funny film adaptation of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary debuted on April 21st, 1989. 30 years later, it has terrified untold oodles of pet owners, who’ve no doubt pondered the lengths to which they’d go if their beloved critters were to be, say, leveled by a truck. Beyond birthing millions of nightmares, Pet Sematary has also spawned a solid sequel and a middling remake.

When he gets a cushy new gig as a doctor at the University of Maine, Louis Creed (Dale Midkiff) relocates his wife Rachel, their small children Ellie (Blaze Berdahl) and Gage (Miko Hughes), and Ellie’s beloved cat Church from Chicago to the small town of Ludlow, Maine near the college. The Creed parents look forward to raising their children peacefully,
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New ‘NCIS Los Angeles’ Season 10 Episode 21 Delayed. It’s Not Airing On April 21, 2019

Hey, "NCIS: Los Angeles" fans. Unfortunately, we have a bit of bad news for you again in this article. It turns out that your favorite show is due for one more break before season 10 wraps up. That break is going to take place next Sunday night,April 21, 2019. CBS will not be airing the next, new episode 21 on April 21, 2019. Instead, they are planning to air it on Sunday night, April 28, 2019. So, be sure to mark down that very important date on your TV show calendars. So, what will CBS be airing instead of NCIS: Los Angeles next Sunday night, April 21, 2019? Well, according to the TV Guide listings, they will be airing a special Grammy show called, "Motown 60: A Grammy Celebration." The short description for this special reads like this, "Hosted by Cedric the Entertainer and Grammy winner Smokey Robinson, the tribute to the iconic sound that changed America will feature Boyz II Men,
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Itsy Bitsy Brings a Giant Spider Tale to Shout! Studios

Itsy Bitsy Brings a Giant Spider Tale to Shout! Studios
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&#174 nominee Bruce Davison, Denise Crosby, Elizabeth Roberts, and up-and-comer Chloe Perrin. 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.

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
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Spider-Centric Creature Feature Itsy Bitsy Acquired by Shout! Studios for North American Distribution

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.
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Film News Roundup: Orlando Jones Starring in Horror Movie ‘Dark Forces’ (Exclusive)

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Film News Roundup: Orlando Jones Starring in Horror Movie ‘Dark Forces’ (Exclusive)
In today’s film news roundup, Orlando Jones will play a horror director, Boyd Holbrook will play a pathologist, four Batman movies will get a re-release and a spider movie gets a release.

Castings

Orlando Jones will star in Lexicon’s horror movie “Dark Forces” with Anthony O’Brien (“The Timber”) directing, Variety has learned exclusively.

O’Brien will direct from a screenplay by Lexicon producers Mark Mathias Sayre and Justin Foia. Production is expected to take place this summer in Romania.

Jones will portray a monster movie director who becomes haunted by creatures from his own films while recovering from brain surgery.

“Orlando’s multi-talented and intellectually stimulating performances speak for themselves; his turn as ‘Mr. Nancy’ on StarzAmerican Gods’ provides a perfect example of this,” O’Brien said. “His contribution to ‘Dark Forces’ will allow the audience to experience a thoughtful energy and voice that old (and
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The Stars of 'Pet Sematary': Where Are They Now?

The Stars of 'Pet Sematary': Where Are They Now?
It's been 30 years since the first chilling adaptation of Stephen King's Pet Sematary hit theaters in 1989. 

The film follows the Creed family after Louis (Dale Midkiff) moves his wife, Rachel (Denise Crosby), and two children from Chicago to rural Ludlow, Maine for a new job. When the Creeds' cat gets hit on the busy road next to the family's new home one day, Louis' older neighbor Jud (Fred Gwynne) reveals an Indian burial ground that may be able to bring it back.

The cat returns, but there's something noticeably sinister about it, and ...
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Movie Review – Pet Sematary (1989), Pet Sematary Two (1992) and Pet Sematary (2019)

Shaun Munro reviews all three Pet Sematary movies…

The Pet Sematary remake is in cinemas now, so as well as offering up our opinion on the new movie, what better time to revisit both the 1989 Stephen King adaptation which brought the story to the masses, and also the ill-fated sequel that most audiences have long since forgotten?

Pet Sematary (1989)

Directed by Mary Lambert.

Starring Dale Midkiff, Fred Gwynne, Denise Crosby, Brad Greenquist, Michael Lombard, Miko Hughes and Blaze Berdahl.

For those opting to watch the 1989 Pet Sematary for the first time in anticipation of the remake’s release – this critic included – it’s practically impossible not to view Mary Lambert’s film as lousily dated; a curio relic for sure, albeit not always for good reason.

A number of frustrations are immediately apparent – for starters, the performances are almost uniformly wooden across the board, with only Fred Gwynne getting away
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