What a treat it is to work in the world of horror. A normal day at the office turns into a rabid hunt to track down where and why certain things arrive in the mail. From obscure screener copies of horror films from the far reaches of the world to screenplays and trailer tapes from various films that will more than likely never see the light of day...
It adds flavor to an otherwise daily grind that not just any mere mortals could swing day in and day out. The only problem with these "gifts" as we call them, is getting something in the mail that you have no earthly idea what it is or what it means. Thus is the case with our latest viral envelope from our friends behind Natalie Portman's new horror/thriller BLACK SWAN.
Arriving to us in a black envelope with neatly printed silver writing red flags were immediately hoisted in the air by everyone nearby. At this day in age you're not sure if it's a studio contacting you for a premiere or an envelope full of the black plague courtesy of one of the two fans that actually did enjoy Rob Zombie's HALLOWEEN 2 (ouch, it's a joke!). Needless to say this was an envelope that our tech guru David Barsky was immediately summoned to open. After all, if it was indeed the plague Barsky's other diseases would more than likely out weigh the threat. Thus canceling out any real danger.
When opened, we found two small feathers and not one single thing more. One white and one black. With a return address coming from a name (Nina Sayers) we were not familiar with. . .we obviously assumed the worse. It was clearly a voodoo curse or anthrax poisoning. Either way we were dead. After planning our goodbyes we regrouped, looked up the name and realized that this was nothing more than a clever way of getting our attention. Yes, the marketing departments at these studios are clever aren't they?
The feathers obviously represent the creepy swan like creature Natalie Portman turns into in BLACK SWAN. Oh by the way, she plays the role of Nina Sayers, our mysterious postage sender. Crisis solved. Pictures below. Barsky wins out in another war against transmitted diseases.
Plot Synopsis: Nina Sayers (Natalie Portman) is a ballerina in a New York City ballet company whose life, like all those in her profession, is completely consumed with dance. She lives with her obsessive former ballerina mother Erica (Barbra Hershey) who exerts a suffocating control over her. When artistic director Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassel) decides to replace prima ballerina Beth MacIntyre (Ryder) for the opening production of their new season, Swan Lake, Nina is his first choice. But Nina has competition: a new dancer, Lily (Mila Kunis), who impresses Leroy as well. Swan Lake requires a dancer who can play both the White Swan with innocence and grace, and the BLACK SWAN, who represents guile and sensuality. Nina fits the White Swan role perfectly but Lily is the personification of the BLACK SWAN. As the two young dancers expand their rivalry into a twisted friendship, Nina begins to get more in touch with her dark side - a recklessness that threatens to destroy her.
BLACK SWAN lands in theaters everywhere on December 3rd. Yes studio marketing department, you win again!
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