Wrinkles the Clown is a 2019 American documentary comedy horror film directed by Michael Beach Nichols.

Official trailers

Magnolia Pictures & Magnet Releasing on Friday, September 06, 2019 released the trailer:
Wrinkles The Clown - Official Trailer.

Story intro

In 2015, a video is uploaded to YouTube depicting a clown named Wrinkles emerging from beneath a young girl's bed. It quickly goes viral. In the following months, it emerges that Wrinkles is a professional clown in Florida who offers his services to the parents of misbehaving children, showing up to frighten them unannounced as a deterrent to future bad behavior. Stickers bearing Wrinkles' face and phone number begin appearing all over Florida and thousands of people begin calling it for various reasons, from parents wanting to hire Wrinkles to people making death threats. Over the course of the next four years, Wrinkles becomes an object of folklore both locally in Florida and across the United States, with children routinely calling the number either alone or with friends as a sort of rite of passage. Additionally, further videos appear depicting Wrinkles either frightening people outside their homes or engaging in disturbing behavior, such as waving to motorists from a darkened roadside. In 2019, Wrinkles agrees to allow a documentary crew to follow him in his daily life and explain his philosophy. Wrinkles is revealed as an elderly homeless man who lives in a van in the woods outside of Naples, Florida and spends much of his free time fishing, drinking, and going to strip clubs, occasionally using the money he makes from his appearances as Wrinkles to check into motels. He claims to have no personal ideology and states that he only works as Wrinkles for the money. Discussions with Wrinkles are intercut with interviews with a variety of individuals discussing the phenomenon, including a psychologist who debates whether Wrinkles' behavior is abusive; folklore experts who compare Wrinkles to a contemporary Bloody Mary and other mythic rituals that figure prominently in American adolescence; a historian who explores the history of the evil clown trope, tying it back to Punch and Judy; and a professional clown unhappy with the recent negative attention that Wrinkles and the remake of Stephen King's It have brought to the profession. The documentary crew further discusses Wrinkles with a number of children around America who have been impacted by his videos, from a young girl who wishes to fight him to an aspiring horror filmmaker inspired by Wrinkles' YouTube videos to begin conceptualizing his own movies. The documentary crew also examines the Wrinkles phenomenon in the context of the 2016 Clown Sightings.


D.B. Lambert
Christopher Barcia
Trevor J. Blank
Andrew Caldwell
George Holden
Ken Miller
Benjamin Radford
Rena Sellars
Sean Whitaker
Jarrett Wideman


The film Wrinkles the Clown was scheduled to be released on October 4, 2019 (United States) by Magnet Releasing and Magnolia Pictures.

The duration of the film is 75 minutes. The film grossed over $14,938.

External links

Official website: wrinklestheclown.com

IMDB: Wrinkles the Clown

Wikipedia: Wrinkles the Clown (film)

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