Documentary about real-life Pennywise is more disturbing than the 'IT' movies

Documentary about real-life Pennywise is more disturbing than the 'IT' movies

A documentary about a real-life creepy-clown has been utterly terrifying viewers, and people are calling the evil-looking harlequin even scarier than Stephen King's Pennywise the Dancing Clown from IT.

The documentary examines Wrinkles the Clown, a character created by an unidentified performance artist living in Naples, Florida. Back in the summer of 2016, an epidemic of disturbing creepy clown sightings swept over the United States - a viral phenomenon that many have blamed on Wrinkles for instigating.

Check out the trailer for the Wrinkles the Clown documentary below: 

According to a Washington Post profile, the character of Wrinkles is described as an eccentric and grouchy vagrant who hires himself out to parents, dressing as a clown to scare kids who misbehave.

The character first appeared in a video uploaded to YouTube in 2015, which had him emerge from under a young girl's bed in the middle of the night. Wrinkles appeared in several more videos, and was also spotted by bystanders wandering the streets of Naples. Stickers bearing the clown's face and a telephone number began appearing in the state of Florida and inspired a slew of imitators throughout the US.

The anonymous performer behind the white mask and motley costume told the Washinton Post: "I've got women calling me all the time. Young ones, too, like weird goths with chains and stuff. I've had enough psycho women in my life already. That's why I'm divorced. I just want to have fun... Have a good time, make a little extra money on the side. Have a little fun before I die."

Take a look at some of the reactions to the documentary on social media:

Commenting on the documentary in an interview with the Tampa Bay Times, filmmaker Michael Beach Nichols stated: "I think that a big part of the primal fear of clowns comes from their traditional access to our children. Here's a stranger, usually a man, wearing brightly-colored face paint to conceal his identity."

Watch the chilling trailer for IT: Chapter Two to see how the two clowns compare:

He added: "We don't truly know who this person is or what his motivations are. In terms of Hollywood, I feel like there's something incredibly intriguing and rich about the light/dark duality that exists or that might exist in every clown."

So if you fancy watching a true-crime version of it, then why not check out this documentary? Just don't watch it alone...