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This article is about the film. For the short story, see The Yellow Wallpaper.

The Yellow Wallpaper
Directed byLogan Thomas
Produced byLogan Thomas
Aric Cushing
Written byLogan Thomas
Aric Cushing
Based onThe short story by
Charlotte Perkins Gilman.
StarringAric Cushing
Juliet Landau
Alex Schemmer
Dale Dickey
Veronica Cartwright
Michael Moriarty
Raymond J. Barry
Jessi Case
Gena Kay
Joseph Williamson
Music byLogan Thomas
Release date
  • January 2011 (2011-01)
Running time
115 minutes
CountryUnited States

The Yellow Wallpaper (movie)[edit]

The Yellow Wallpaper is a 2011 gothic thriller film based on the short story of the same name written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, directed by Logan Thomas.[1][2][3][4][5]


The Yellow Wallpaper (Motion Picture) is an “Origins Myth" rather than a direct adaptation of the famous Charlotte Perkins Gilman story. Drawing from the original short story and a number of Gilmans’ other gothic works (The Giant Wisteria, The Unwatched Door, etc.). Also, the film is an original narrative of events that unfold around the actual writing of “The Yellow Wallpaper” short story.[6] The film's plot is greatly expanded from the bare bones of Gilman's often-anthologized short story.[7] The Yellow Wallpaper stars Juliet Landau as Charlotte and Aric Cushing (as her husband John), Golden Globe winner Michael Moriarty as Mr. Hendricks, Veronica Cartwright, Raymond J. Barry, and Independent Spirit Award winner Dale Dickey. The story surrounds Charlotte and John, who retreat to a countryside house in an attempt to start their life over after a devastating fire takes the life of their daughter.[8] Soon the spirit of the deceased Sarah and other spirits are haunting the place.[9]There is an interaction with a dead man in armor, feral dogs, and a shout out to classic, early genre vampire fiction.[10]


Most of the scenes in The Yellow Wallpaper were shot in Eatonton, Georgia, in and around an isolated Civil War-era house.[11][12] Jessi Case recalled being a little frightened of the house where the film was shot. 'The stairs leading to the attic, where we filmed a lot of the scenes, were very narrow and it was very hot. They didn't want me to go outside because my hair would poof up'.[13]

Michael Moriarty said of the film: The Yellow Wallpaper is going to be a wonderfully haunting film, profoundly Gothic. It's a low budget production, but exceptionally well written."[14]

After the shooting of the film, Michael Moriarty retired from acting, after an illustrious career in which he won a Tony award, numerous Emmy awards, and a Golden Globe award. It was his last feature film role.

The script was written in three months by Logan Thomas and Aric Cushing, and Cushing said his goal was to popularize Gilman's work.[15]

Director Thomas used the Digital Sony 950, and the film is the first ever period feature film to be shot with this digital format. Thomas is becoming know as a "visualist" director in the tradition of David Lynch and Ridley Scott.[16]

Juliet Landau, during an interview, compared her role to Nicole Kidman's role in "The Others".[17]

Kyla Kennedy's first role at the age of 3, before going on to work on shows such as The Walking Dead and Speechless.

The film is a seminal role for actor Aric Cushing and the last film role of actor Ted Manson, who also appeared in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button with Brad Pitt.

A companion book to the film was written The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Gothic Stories[18], by Aric Cushing. The book features two stories previously unpublished since their inception, and seemingly lost. The essay in the beginning of the book was written by Cushing entitled "Is the Yellow Wallpaper a Gothic Story?"[19]


By the time the film was released, Blockbuster video was beginning to have problems and mass shut downs of their video stores. The film was picked up by Netflix, iTunes, and various distribution outlets in the United States and subsequently released on Amazon.[20]

Aric Cushing said of the release of the film: In the 1990’s the trend in acquisition, as well as public consumption, was independent films. You could write, produce, and distribute a movie and make money. Redbox and Amazon has now killed that almost completely.[21]

Upon the film's release, reviewers were polarized with such statements as "'Even as straight horror without any implications of living up to an established narrative, “Wallpaper” plays against some traditional horror conventions – and not in a good way.'"[22] and "the film is atmospheric but feels at times that it is too languid in its approach."[23] While other reviews commented, "'Luckily, the cliches are kept to a minimum, and as it turns out it's actually a rather unique take on the material, deftly blending psychological terror into the mix in a manner not unlike The Shining.'"[24] and "The idea of male dominance and male-dominated culture is a favorite issue of Gilman’s, as well as the idea of there being no escape.  That issue runs through most of her works, and “The Yellow Wallpaper” is no different.  The movie version may be tamer, but the underlying theme is indeed still there.  And while there are definitely similarities and differences between the two, when it comes down to it, in the end both women end up becoming the woman behind the wallpaper."[25] Cushing commented in the introduction to his book Lost Essays, the film was both loved and loathed.[26]

On Rotten Tomatoes the film, 94% liked the film, based on 1447 user ratings.[27]


External links[edit]


Hischak, Thomas S. (2012). American Literature on Stage and Screen. McFarland. ISBN 978-0-7864-6842-3.

Gilman, Charlotte Perkins and Cushing, Aric. The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Stories: The Complete Gothic Collection. Ascent. ISBN 978-0-6155-6839-3.


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  3. Glenn, Cheryl, Gray, Loretta (2013). The Writer's Harbrace Handbook. Boston, MA: Wadswoth Cengage Learning. p. 239. ISBN 978-1-111-35429-9.
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  26. Cushing, Aric, Gilman, Charlotte Perkins (2014). Lost Essays. United States: Grand & Archer Publishing. pp. i. ISBN 978-1-929730-00-1.
  27. "The Yellow Wallpaper". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 6 March 2019.

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