Level 290 - "Multiplex"
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One of the halls found within Level 290.

Description:

Level 290 takes the appearance of an infinite movie theater. Different parts of Level 290 display a variety of architectural styles and exclusively contain rooms and hallways that would be found in movie theaters.

The layout of the level is much more complex than a normal Frontrooms theater, with hallways abruptly stopping, and door that are right next to each other leading to wildly different parts of the level. The projectors and concession counters always seem to be in working condition, despite the fact that there are no entities on the level to maintain them. Popcorn and other snacks can often be found scattered on the floor, especially in the auditoriums. It is unknown if these are from past wanderers or if they're a natural feature of the level.

Films play in the auditoriums at all times, and examinations of the projector booths show that they seem to all play on continuous reels which never run out. The most notable aspect of Level 290 is the films that are shown within are often similar to existing films, but with distinct differences.

Bases, Outposts, and Communities:

No formal bases or outposts can be found within the level. However, a wanderer named Gregory McKinnon has made the level his home, and spends much of his time watching films in the level. He is amicable, and will often help wanderers find exits to the level.

Entrances and Exits:

Entrances:

  • Metals doors which can be found in Level 68 will lead here.
  • The standard exits found in Level 177 will ocasionally lead here.

Exits:

  • Red doors found in this level will lead to Level 74
  • Walking through a movie screen when it's playing an episode of the show associated with Level 104 will lead to that level.
  • Occasionally, doors found in the projector booths of this level will lead to Level 142.

Selected Film Log:

This is a selected log of films that have been seen playing in the various auditoriums of Level 290. Most of these have been compiled by Gregory McKinnon. An extended log of films can be found here.

Title: Sleep (1964)

Original Summary: A 5-hour experimental film in which a man, played by John Giorno, is filmed sleeping from various angles. Many sections of the film are looped or used more than once.

Notable Changes: During the third hour of the film, Giorno wakes up, and leaves the shot. The film continues as normal after this, only showing an empty bed.

Title: M (1941)

Original Summary: A black-and-white thriller which centers around attempts to find and capture serial killer Hans Beckert, played by Peter Lorre.

Notable Changes: The film is exactly the same until the 16 minute mark, when Beckert whistles "In the Hall of the Mountain King" by Edvard Grieg, as seen in the original film. He is then chased down by a number of skeletal creatures and is ultimately killed. The rest of the film features the exact same shots, except the event of the film focuses on uncovering the truth of who killed Hans Beckert instead. This search is ultimately unsuccessful, and the film ends abruptly at the 111 minute mark with no clear conclusion.

Title: Blood for Dracula (1974)

Original Summary: A low-budget horror movie in which Count Dracula, played by Udo Kier, needs to drink virgin blood to survive. He is forced to move to Italy due to the lack of virgins in his home country. He moves into the estate of di Fiore family with the intention of drinking the blood of their 4 daughters. Two of the daughters are more promiscuous than they let on, and he is weakened by their "tainted" blood. Dracula is eventually exposed as a vampire, and dismembered by the estate's handyman.

Notable Changes: The film is the same until Dracula's arrival in Italy. In this version, it is implied that the estate's handyman, Mario, goes off to lead the Marxist revolution that he expressed desire for in the original film rather than working at the estate. Because of this, the four daughters remain as virgins, and Dracula is able to drink their blood with ease. The rest of the film follows a very similar plot to the 1931 film, Dracula, with the Count being hunted down by various townsfolk, ending in a standoff between him and Van Helsing, leading to the death of Dracula.

Title: Unknown

Original Summary: N/A

Notable Changes: This 17 minute film appears to be a home-video shot on low-quality tape which features a young child opening Christmas presents. The child opens the first box, only to find it full of coal, and bursts into tears. The rest of the film consists of the parents consoling the child.

Title: Flying Saucers Over Hollywood (1992)

Original Summary: A documentary about the 1957 alien invasion film, "Plan 9 From Outer Space". It details the life of director Ed Wood, and the lasting cultural impact of the film.

Notable Changes: The film features many similar interviews, except everyone involved acts as if "Plan 9 From Outer Space" itself was a documentary about a real alien invasion. The film goes in depth into how Ed Wood was able to avoid notice of the film's various characters while capturing the footage, including elaborate descriptions of hiding places and improvised camouflage suits. Notably absent from the film are interviews with Vampira, one of the film's stars, as she is said to have died in 1956 and temporarily resurrected as depicted in the film.

Title: Unknown1

Original Summary: The original plot of this episode is unknown, but the general plot of the TV follows that of an episodic sitcom starring facelings and leaning into many of the common cliches associated with such shows.

Notable Changes: Although all of the dialogue for this episode was reported to be unnatural guttera sounds produced by the faceling "actors", the viewer reported being able to instinctively understand the plot of the episode through an unknown mechanism.

The episode opened with its signature blank title-screen and instrumental theme song, then transitioning into the first scene. The rest of the episode follows two young facelings as they go on a search for a rare cryptid known as the "Baby Train". After a number of gags where they believe themselves to have found the aforementioned Baby Train, only for it to be revealed that it was just a neighborhood cat, or a normal train, they give up and go home, declaring the Baby Train to be only a myth.

The last shot zooms in on the background to show a small train with a human baby's face on it driving around just out of their view.

Title: Party Rock Anthem (2011)

Original Summary: A 6 minute music video created by American pop duo LMFAO, which shows a dystopian future where everyone had been "infected" by their single, "Party Rock Anthem" in the month following its release. These people behave like dancing zombies, and spend all day "shuffling" to the song. The duo then has to "play along" to avoid the horde infecting them. They ultimately succumb to the party rock.

Notable Changes: This version is 103 minutes long, and takes place in the time when the members of LMFAO were said to be in a party rock-induced coma. It follows a completely different cast of characters as they try to stay safe from the zombie-like party rocker invasion. The film ends in a standoff as the two main characters (played by John Malkovich and Jamie Lee Curtis) attempt to fight off a horde of party rockers using various hand-made weapons. They ultimately succumb to the party rock, and the film cuts to the credits.


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