Snake Underworld with Henry Rollins
This awesome documentary is hosted by Henry Rollins of Rollins Band and
Black Flag fame. As soon as I heard about this National Geographic title
I had my hand up in a shot and Andrew our esteemed editor was good
enough to give me a run with it.
whole life I've had a thing about snakes just as I am sure that most of
us have, and I was keen to find out just what makes them and the people
who are "crazy" enough to be enthusiastic about them tick. Throw in
Henry as the face and voice and you just know at the very least it's
going to be entertaining.
This title doesn't run long, in fact I enjoyed it so much that it run
shorter than I would have liked. Clocking in at 104 minutes the title is
packed full of information about the different breeds of both venomous
and non venomous varieties, how the law differs from the different
states in the USA and just how far some people are prepared to go to
both have and sell these creatures regardless of the laws of the
Rollins gets in the thick of it showing his obvious passion and
dedication to snakes. Throw in some celebrity snake collectors such as
metal heavyweight Kerry King of Slayer fame along with the Everyman who
shares this passion for reptiles and we are given a pretty good snapshot
of the broad spectrum that are into these fascinating and sometimes
particular interest to me was the parts of the documentary where they
had a good look at the effects of bites from mild to severe and the
treatments available along with the devastation caused by even the
smallest of bites. Henry also interviews a man who actually injects
himself with venom and has built an immunity to even fatal amounts of
the toxic substance.
Overall this is a fascinating look at a world not often seen about the
underworld of snakes and those that would possess them. Rollins is a
great host and the pace moves along fast enough to keep you interested.
Well worth checking out!