In Florida, parents can hire Wrinkles the Clown to scare their misbehaving children.

Director: Michael Beach Nichols
Writers: Michael Beach Nichols, Christopher K. Walker

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If IT Chapter Two and Joker are elevating your fear of clowns, you have not seen anything yet: Wrinkles The Clown, a documentary about a real-life Pennywise who was paid by parents to scare kids and went viral on social media, will haunt your dreams.

Magnolia Pictures & Magnet Releasing released the documentary’s official trailer on Monday and it’s a chilling exposé of how one man, whose identity remains unknown to this day, managed to become an online celebrity overnight and creep out people across the U.S.

In late 2014, a video of a person in a clown mask sneaking up on a sleeping child appeared on YouTube. The video’s description claimed that the clown, named “Wrinkles,” lived in southwest Florida and was hired by the kid’s parents to frighten her for behaving badly. This footage kickstarted Wrinkles’ terrifying reign on the internet after it went viral on the video platform.

More footage of Wrinkles started emerging online shortly after, in addition to a phone number to hire him for “behavioral services.” The real-life Pennywise became popular on YouTube, as kids filmed themselves calling and leaving thousands of messages for him and sharing their “brave” task with millions of viewers.

The documentary aims to tackle a more challenging question though: Who exactly is Wrinkles and why did he opt out of the conventional clown job? What makes the situation even eerier is the fact that Wrinkles has remained anonymous this entire time.

Wrinkles The Clown is also hitting theaters on October 4 and until then, we will be keeping the lights on while we sleep.