Exotic animals, criminal conspiracies and very bad mules – the new docuseries of Netflix Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness hook you from the first bizarre minutes.
The seven-part doc – which came out on Netflix this week – begins with a grim statistic: there are more tigers sitting in cages across the United States than there are in the wild.
Of the, Tiger king takes viewers inside the fierce rivalries that exist in the underground world of big cat traders across the United States. These deeply eccentric people trade and raise lions, tigers and other big cats, keeping them in their own private zoos and often exploiting them for profit.
It’s a tragic story for cats trapped in cages – but directors Eric Goode and Rebecca Chaiklin (Goode occasionally appears on camera in Louis Theroux style, giving subjects enough rope to hang themselves) are much more interested in them. incredible human stories to find.
The star of the show is Joe Exotic, a flamboyant and cheerful southerner who runs his own private zoo, filled with large exotic felines – and whose staff is made up of keepers on the brink of luck, many of whom worryingly lack members ( as a result of such a horrific accident is even filmed). Joe is like the child in love with Liberace and Joe Dirt.
When he is not caring for his cats, Joe overflows with rage against his deadly enemy, Carole Baskin, another great cat sitter who insists that his private collection is a sanctuary for the big cats that are rescued.
Oh, and Joe is also a country singer, who releases songs like this little song, in which he accuses Carole of having murdered her millionaire ex-husband and fed her body with her cats:
Even the smallest fortuitous characters in this captivating doc are deeply, deeply strange. Since the show hit Netflix this week, those who have tried it have found themselves in a world they never knew existed:
Tiger King is now available on Netflix.