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People Notice Creepy Similarities Between Cecil Hotel Case And Movie Dark Water

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People Notice Creepy Similarities Between Cecil Hotel Case And Movie Dark Water

Ever since Netflix unveiled its new documentary series Crime Scene: The Vanishing At The Cecil Hotel, people have been obsessed with the disturbing tale of college student Elisa Lam.


Spoiler alert: while the death of Lam is yet to be resolved, many viewers have spotted numerous parallels between her story and that of the 2002 Japanese horror film Dark Water and its 2005 US remake.

The four-part series delves into what happened to the 21-year-old Canadian student who sadly vanished from the Cecil Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles in 2013, leaving behind her belongings.

When CCTV footage from the hotel emerged, it shows Lam talking and gesturing wildly in the corridor near an elevator, seemingly alone.

Things took an even eerier turn when people realised that both of the films - based on Japanese writer Koji Suzuki's short story Floating Water - appear to present the same narrative as Lam's.

The movies feature a mum and daughter who discover dirty water spilling from the flat above.

Later on, the mum finds that the water leaking through the roof is due to a girl's dead body inside of a tank.

Credit: Buena Vista Pictures
Credit: Buena Vista Pictures

Not only did people point out this similarity, but the films also include a broken down lift, which - if you've seen the documentary series or know anything about the case - you'll realise is a major part of the tale.

The CCTV footage also shows Lam entering and exiting the lift several times, and she even appears to hide inside it - her odd behaviour prompting numerous conspiracy theories about what might have happened.

Lam's body was eventually found in a water tank on top of the hotel over two weeks after she disappeared, but experts still have no idea what happened to her after she vanished.

Credit: Facebook/LAPD
Credit: Facebook/LAPD

Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel, which comes from executive producer and director Joe Berlinger, sets out to deconstruct the events leading up to Lam's death through interviews with the hotel's employees, guests who had been staying there and numerous investigators on the bizarre case.

Credit: Netflix
Credit: Netflix

The disturbing history of the Cecil Hotel, reported to have been frequented by infamous killers such as Richard Ramirez aka The Night Stalker, is believed to have inspired other horror stories, including American Horror Story: Hotel.

Words: Daisy Phillipson

Featured Image Credit: Netflix

Topics: tv, film & movies, Entertainment, True Crime, crime, Documentary

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