A brand new Netflix true crime documentary investigates the strange story surrounding the real-life hotel that inspired the hit TV drama, American Horror Story, and it arrives next week.
A synopsis of the upcoming documentary reads: “From housing serial killers to untimely deaths, the Cecil Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles is known to many as LA’s deadliest hotel. The latest chapter in the Cecil’s dark history involves the mysterious disappearance of college student Elisa Lam.”
The trailer offers up a mouth-watering profile of ‘Los Angeles’ deadliest hotel’. During the clip, you can hear the manager of the hotel saying: “Is there a room here that somebody hasn’t died in?” The hotel was also the inspiration for season five of American Horror Story after missing college student Elisa Lam, was discovered dead inside a water tank on the hotel’s roof in 2013.
“As a true crime documentarian, I was fascinated in 2013 when the elevator video of Elisa Lam went viral and legions of amateur detectives used the internet to try to solve the mystery of what happened to her, a 21-year-old Canadian tourist on her first trip to Los Angeles,” said director Joe Berlinger to Variety.
“So, when journalist Josh Dean, who is also a producer on the project, brought us his research into this case, we realised there was as an opportunity to do something different by not just telling the story of Elisa’s disappearance, but to create a series that explores a particular location’s role in encouraging or abetting crime — or the perception thereof.”
Following Lam’s mysterious disappearance, a media storm surrounding the hotel created this interest in the case as people all over the internet scurried to discover what has happened to her.
Check out the first trailer, below.