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Robert W. Chambers (short story)
Aaron Vanek (story)
A young art gallery owner, facing bankruptcy, dreams about a painter, who she discovers actually exists. She tracks him down in a dilapidated hotel and asks him to show at her gallery. He agrees, provided she poses for him. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Shawna Waldron ... Tess Reardon / Camilla
Dale Snowberger ... Aubrey Scott / Aldones
David Reynolds ... The Watchman
Andrea Gall ... Edith Carmichael
Chloe Moore ... Young Tess
Forrest G. Wood ... Clergyman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shawn Crosby ... The Stranger (voice)
Colleen Kennedy ... Various (voice)

Stephanie Sheh ... Various (voice)

Directed by
Aaron Vanek 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Robert W. Chambers  short story (as R.W. Chambers)
John Tynes  screenplay
John Tynes  story
Aaron Vanek  story

Produced by
Fred Dekker .... associate producer
Kevin Flanagan .... associate producer
Ken Lobb .... producer
Aaron Vanek .... producer
Kathy Vanek .... executive producer
Original Music by
Mark Fauver 
Cinematography by
David Howard (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Aaron Vanek 
Production Design by
Arid Chappell 
Art Direction by
Lisa Horn 
Costume Design by
Shira Harten (wardrobe and costume designer)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sonia Rossier .... first assistant director
Art Department
Julie Crane .... set designer
Andrew Leman .... propmaster
Blake Middleton .... assistant art director
Jason Voss .... painter
Sound Department
Mark Fauver .... sound recordist
Rick Santizo .... sound
Visual Effects by
Ken Lobb .... visual effects producer
Camera and Electrical Department
Matthew Feath .... assistant camera
Jitsu Toyoda .... gaffer
Kozo Tsuchimochi .... grip
Editorial Department
Jennifer Albright .... assistant editor
Jerry A. Vasilatos .... on-line editor
Music Department
Drew Cady .... additional music instrument designer
Ken Mesford .... additional mixing and music processing
Other crew
Thomas Chappel .... production assistant
Svetlana Dekic .... production assistant
Felicia Dickerson .... production assistant
Kirsten Hageleit .... caterer
Brenda Micetich .... production assistant
Charley Moore .... production assistant
Ellen Nguyen .... production assistant
Ron Preston .... production assistant
John Ross .... production assistant

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USA:47 min


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Proper Gothic Suspense, 22 August 2008
Author: Charlie2300 from United Kingdom

Aaron Vanek took up the poison chalice for this film project because "The Yellow Sign" is an adaptation of themes within the collection of loosely connected short stories that make up "The King in Yellow" by Robert W. Chambers. This book is rightly famous and, indeed, revered within the 'Weird tales' genre because it is genuinely disturbing and hints at horrors beyond what is written therein. It is profoundly Lovecraftian in feel and works at the level of dread, suspense and terror that can only be attained where the nature and origin of fear is hidden, covert, implied. The problem with attempting to translate a Lovecraftian tale into film is simple; you can have as many special effects as you like, but show the monster and you lose all the tension and dread built up by the imagination of the reader/viewer. It is not therefore surprising that the vast majority of the Lovecraft tales 'adapted' for films to date have failed miserably to do justice to the original stories. That being said, "the Yellow Sign" is a worthy exception to the general rule. This is a genuinely disturbing and downright creepy film, a very rare commodity indeed. Just like the book, there are elements missing and the lack of coherence leaves your imagination to fill in the gaps. I seriously considered giving this a full 10 out of 10 but for the fact that a 'director's cut' is shortly to be released! Recommended without reservation.

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