The rap duo Insane Clown Posse (or ICP) has been a sub-cultural fixation for about two decades (or more), thanks in large part to their unique breed fans, known collectively as “Juggalos.” Often (but not always) sporting the painted faces of the horrorcore showmen, Juggalos have in some ways become more famous than the band who inspired their creation.
But while TV shows like It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia and Workaholics have shone a fictional (and let’s be honest, mockingly comedic) light on the Juggalos (lifestyle? Movement? Hobby?), there hasn’t been much balanced and objective exploration of this unique brand of fandom… That is, until Whoop Dreams came along.
For those who don’t know: since the year 2000, the ICP record label, Psychopathic Records, has held an annual festival for fans known as “The Gathering of the Juggalos” (or GOTJ). Over the years, the festival has been held in states like Ohio, Michigan and Illinois, first drawing thousands – then hundreds of thousands – of fans (and bigger and bigger names in music) for a five-day celebration that is often referred to as “Woodstock for Juggalos.” Sex, drugs, the occasional violent and/or bizarre events tend to ensue. And there’s music, too.
Whoop Dreams (great title) attempts to transport the viewer into the experience of GOTJ, a sub-culture experience that is known of, but largely unscrutinized by America. The film was directed by none other than former Screen Rant writer and video editor Mike Eisenberg, and the principal cast is made up of friend-to-the-site Vince Mancini and other members of his Film Drunk Frotcast team.
From what we’ve heard, the boys certainly had an… eye-opening experience down at the festival, and this trailer – with all of its oddball and ominous portents – is apparently just a soft look at the pageant of the macabre that awaits us in the actual film.
America, get ready to meet your Juggalos.
We’ll keep you updated about release date information for Whoop Dreams.
Source: Whoop Dreams Official Site