Regardless of where you live, or where you log onto the internet, it’s very fun to laugh at how outrageous Florida can be here in the United States. From the hilarious ‘Florida Man’ threads on Twitter recapping insane stories from the news to memes about these events, something new from the state caught our attention recently. A documentary about Wrinkles the Clown was announced recently and it sounds like a must-see.
To just big a tad bit of background, Wrinkles the Clown is an unidentified man living in Naples, Florida. From the information I could find, he’s a retiree from Rhode Island who decided that he wouldn’t be boring. He bought a clown mask online and marketed himself through stickers and business cards. It now seems that for a nominal fee, he will attend birthday parties to scare misbehaving kids and prank people. And from the looks of this clown, it does seem like it could be worth every penny. Of course, where else in the world could this business possible flourish than the great state of Florida.
In late 2014, a low-res video of a person in a clown mask emerging from underneath a sleeping child’s bed appears on YouTube. The description below the video claims that the clown is named “Wrinkles,” that he lives in southwest Florida, and that he’s been hired by the child’s parents to frighten her for misbehaving. The video goes viral. Soon, more mysterious videos of Wrinkles scaring children appear online, along with a phone number to hire him for “behavioral services.
Wrinkles becomes internet lore – a whole genre of YouTube videos of kids filming themselves calling him appears online, and over a million messages are left at the number. Voicemails range from disturbing to hilarious to terrifying: parents use the number to terrify their children, kids who are obsessive fans of creepy clowns reach out to make a new friend, children threaten to inflict wildly creative violence if he comes anywhere near them. But who is Wrinkles, and why is he doing this? With incredible access to the mastermind behind the mask, Wrinkles the Clown is a cryptic and playful exploration of these questions, as well as an inside look at myth-building and the unpredictable spread of imagination in the Internet age.
The trailer is out ahead of its October 4th release, but it will also be playing at the 2019 Fantastic Film Festival if you happen to find yourself in the Austin, Texas area September 19-September 26. This is definitely a fitting time for a documentary like this with the release of It: Chapter 2 and the buzz for Joaquin Phoenix in Joker. Are you excited to see Wrinkles The Clown? Planning on making an appointment for your own snot-nosed kids? Let us know on Twitter, in the Nightmare on Film Street Subreddit, and on Facebook in the Horror Movie Fiend Club!