Explores the story of a Pentecostal minister, accused of attempting to murder his wife with a rattlesnake. Based on true events!


Theo Love


Thomas G. Burton (creator), Theo Love | 1 more credit »





Credited cast:
Glenn Summerford Glenn Summerford ... Self (archive footage)
Darlene Summerford Darlene Summerford ... Self
Thomas G. Burton Thomas G. Burton ... Self / Researcher / Narrator
Doris Summerford Doris Summerford ... Self - Glenn's first wife
Marty Summerford Marty Summerford ... Self
Heather Summerford Heather Summerford ... Self - Marty's wife
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brian Brightman ... Glenn's Stepdad
Erin Carere ... Darlene
Bobby Carson Bobby Carson ... Ambulance Driver
Hugh Cook Hugh Cook ... Cousin #1
Cliff Craig ... Glenn
Caspian Diament ... Young Marty
Major Dodge Jr. ... Young Glenn
Alex Haynes ... Bartender
Sheena V. Henderson ... Nurse


Alabama Snake explores the story of Oct. 4, 1991, when a violent crime was reported in the town of Scottsboro, Alabama. Glenn Summerford, a Pentecostal minister, was accused of attempting to murder his wife with a rattlesnake. The details of the investigation and the trial that followed have "haunted Southern Appalachia for decades." Alabama Snake features local historian and folklorist, Thomas Burton, who has spent his life studying the culture, beliefs, and folklore of Pentecostal snake handlers, painting a "Southern Gothic portrait" of Summerford and his tale of demon possession. Written by RealScreen

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He spent most of his life in a boxing ring, trying to prove his worth with his fists. But after nearly dying from an injury in the ring in 1963, Glenn Summerford committed to turning his life around and found God. Then, God started speaking to him. Through snakes. A snake handler convicted of the attempted murder of his wife Darlene by means of serpent bite is serving ninety-nine years in prison. A partly hidden world opened wide in the fall of 1991 in Scottsboro, Alabama. See more »

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thank god that...
10 December 2020 | by ops-52535See all my reviews

There are documentarists out there that sweeps the historic field of peculiar and heresays, lets call it urban legends. so if you take a look at this hbo docu directed by theo love you will get crocodile shoes oiled with snake oil and a bit of venom to reach the highestlevel of resurection and as close as it can get to god, the holy father, used as a religious relique in a sect down in the blessed old state of alabama usa, like you eat oblat and drink wine in a church sermony.

but snakes as a murder weapon??? clever and clueless, in fact a perfect murder if you ask me. so hang on to this all absorbing documentary, you will gawp your jaw just as the grumpy old miself did. higly recommended.

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9 December 2020 (Canada) See more »

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