He lingers on street corners, wanders local fairs and materializes outside of children’s bedroom windows.
Those are some of the reasons that the creepy clown known as “Wrinkles” has been the talk of Naples, Fla., for the past few years.
But beyond his unsettling stoicism and willingness to punish naughty kids for cash, the 65-year-old Rhode Island transplant remains shrouded in mystery.
Some documentary filmmakers hope to change all that by revealing the man behind the terrifying mask.
“Wrinkles has agreed to let Anomalous Films follow him and document his life on and off the clock,” they wrote on Kickstarter, where they’re attempting to raise $45,000 to fund the film. “This means we will get to see first hand how Wrinkles lives and works in and out of the mask.”
Wrinkles confirmed his participation in the production via text.
“They are gonna make a movie about me,” he wrote to The Washington Post. “Yes, they are going to follow me around with a camera.”
Although Wrinkles remains anonymous, he’s an unmistakable presence in southwest Florida, where locals track and publicize sightings of the clown on social media. In addition to wearing a sunken-eyed mask, he favors a polka dot onesie and black rubber gloves, and he’s rarely seen without a bundle of colorful balloons in one hand.
For a few hundred bucks, he told The Post in November, he’ll make an appearance at your party or gathering, prank your friend, or even scare your misbehaving kid straight. But attempting to hire him for a party or personal pleasure means adding your name to a waiting list several months long, he boasted.
Wrinkles, who speaks with a heavy New England accent, told The Post that he’s a divorced military veteran who worked various jobs throughout his career. After retiring a few years back, he moved to Florida to escape the cold New England winters and settle into a more relaxed lifestyle.
Not long after he arrived, he said, he began putting on a clown suit as a way to escape.
“It’s fun,” he told The Post. “You get to be someone else. You get some people who are petrified and some people who want you to come home with them.”
The filmmakers say they’re not sure what to expect when they begin documenting the clown’s existence, but they plan to get “up close and personal.”
“Wrinkles will be wrinkles, we’ll just be there to capture it,” they write on Kickstarter.
In addition to spotlighting Wrinkles himself, the filmmakers say they want to explore coulrophobia (the fear of clowns) and figure out why some parents “are taking advantage of these fears and using them against their children.”
So, I've been talking to Wrinkles for the past month about doing a doc. I think he's gonna do it, fingers crossed! pic.twitter.com/hWwrDl6xSF
— HvUSeen Wrinkles? (@spotwrinkles) December 22, 2015
Asked whether he was going to reveal his true identity on camera, Wrinkles sidestepped the question.
“Well, you’ll get to see my face in the film,” he texted. “Hope you don’t drop dead when you see how handsome I am.”