Plot – In Florida, parents can hire Wrinkles the Clown to scare their misbehaving children.
Director – Michael Beach Nichols
Released – 2019
Wrinkles the Clown transports us into the strange world of a man who dresses up as a masked clown and scares naughty children at the behest of their parents. A strange job to have and although this had apparently been making a stir in America, this news story failed to make it across the Atlantic to the UK and after watching this “documentary” I now believe I know why. It’s a story that causes mild intrigue but maybe not worth this level of in-depth reporting, especially if the summations don’t necessarily tell us anything new.
Travelling around the US state of Florida, Wrinkles the Clown introduces us to not only Wrinkles himself but also parents that have partaken in his services and the child victims, hearing about each encounter with Wrinkles and their personal opinions on him.
But none of this ever goes close to explaining why he became the character, with conflicting stories told throughout and the most in-depth interview focuses on younger children who either strongly dislike him or idolise him, neither of which really helps tell us something we didn’t already know about this man and in the end just felt like a missed opportunity that left me questioning why the makers decided to go down that route.
Maybe this would have been better as a documentary series, with each episode looking into a different aspect of his life work, plus the lore surrounding scary clowns, rather than a one-off.