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Rattlers freed in ‘Snakes’ theater prank

‘They were both removed, and no one was harmed’ says spokesperson
/ Source: Reuters

Life imitating art is all very well. Unless, that is, it’s a movie about deadly snakes on the rampage.

Movie chain AMC Entertainment Inc. said pranksters at one of its Phoenix theaters released two live diamondback rattlesnakes during a showing of the film “Snakes on a Plane” last Friday. No one was injured.

AMC spokeswoman Melanie Bell said, “One was found in the parking lot during the show, and the other in the movie theater. They were both removed, and no one was harmed.”

The snakes were later released in the desert.

Bell had no further details.

The movie stars Samuel L. Jackson, and spins a yarn about a crate-load of escaped snakes that run amok on an airline flight, attacking passengers and crew.

“There were kids at the show, and it was actually very reckless,” Russ Johnson, the president of the Phoenix Herpetological Society told Reuters.

“The snakes’ bite carries a powerful venom that could have seriously injured someone,” he added.