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New trailer for viral-scare documentary “WRINKLES THE CLOWN”

Friday, September 6, 2019 | News

By MICHAEL GINGOLD

As if Pennywise returning to theaters isn’t enough, another scary clown is heading for release next month, and you can see the latest trailer after the jump.

Magnet Releasing brings the documentary WRINKLES THE CLOWN to theaters and VOD October 4, following its world premiere at Fantastic Fest this month. It was directed by Michael Beach Nichols and written by Nichols and editor Christopher K. Walker; the synopsis: “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?”

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and spent 28 years as a writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. In addition to RUE MORGUE, he currently writes for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM, IndieWire.com, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM and others. His book THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press) is out this fall, and he has contributed liner notes and featurettes to a number of Blu-ray and DVD releases. Among his screenplay credits are SHADOW: DEAD RIOT and LEECHES!, and he is currently working on THE DOLL with director Dante Tomaselli.