A 65-year-old retired man in Naples, Florida, acting under the alias of Wrinkles the Clown, is hired by parents and friends to scare misbehaving children, attend birthday parties and play pranks. Now, there's a documentary that captures it all. "Wrinkles the Clown" is making its debut Oct. 5, 2019.
The event is being hosted by Retro Film Series at The Carolina Theatre of Durham in downtown Durham. The documentary is part of the Nevermore Film Festival, a competition festival which programs brand-new genre features and short films from around the world.
Arts & Culture staff writer Courtney Heaton spoke with Michael Beach Nichols, the director of "Wrinkles the Clown," about the film.
The Daily Tar Heel: How does your documentary fit into the horror genre?
Michael Nichols: It fits in because Wrinkles the Clown has been around since 2014, and he's had this phone number that parents can call to hire him to discipline their misbehaving children to basically scare them straight. And since that phone number went up online, he's amassed over 2 million voicemails of people that have reached out to him and called him. So we made this film, we got access to all of those voicemails, and so we spent several months just listening to these wild disturbing violent creepy funny voicemails.