Wrinkles the Clown
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.
October 4, 2019
Michael Beach Nichols and Christopher K. Walker
Michael Beach Nichols
D.B. Lambert, Christopher Barcia, Trevor J. Blank, and Andrew Caldwell.
Ever since the clown creepy clown sightings of 2016, clowns have been popping up in numerous projects. If you are looking for a good creepy clown documentary, then you may want to pass on Wrinkles the Clown.
The poster looks great. Wrinkles the Clown seems super creepy. The trailer looks great. But that is as far as it goes. The documentary is a slow burn that tries to incorporate an exciting twist but fails to stun the audience effectively.
The film attempts to document who or what is Wrinkles the Clown. A video was uploaded on the internet of Wrinkles climbing from under a girl’s bed. The video went viral. There were additional sightings of Wrinkles. Stickers were posted everywhere in Florida with a phone number. People became interested in Wrinkles the Clown. Adults and children begin calling the number on the stickers. Sometimes Wrinkles answered the phone.
An urban legend started about a Florida retiree that earns extra money working as Wrinkles. More videos were released on the internet. The media begin to report on the story of a creepy clown in Florida that parents could hire to scare kids that misbehaved. This only helped further the rumors and reach of the online content. Social media profiles were made where citizens could report their sightings of Wrinkles.
Wrinkles appeared to be creating a frenzy in the community. The creepy clown sightings of 2016 spread, which meant that Wrinkles had some competition. More clowns went viral on the internet. Then the clown sightings stopped.
The documentary attempts to capitalize on Wrinkles’ online frame but falls to do so in an engaging and exciting way. The movie is mostly interviews with Wrinkles, kids, and parents spliced into reenactments, online content, and licensed news footage.
Wrinkles the Clown is now available to rent on VOD. I would suggest passing on it for now. It is highly likely the film will end up on Amazon Prime or Netflix, you can watch for free.