Last year we posted on the Mysterious Disappearance of Elisa Lam, a truly bizarre video that went viral. The clip showed the last moments of Elisa Lam, a 21-year-old Canadian tourist whose mysterious death spawned countless conspiracy theories. A large number of comments suggested that the story could be made into a truly horrifying horror movie, it turns out that Hollywood agrees.
There are reports that Sony Pictures and Matt Tolmach Productions have taken up a script written by Brandon and Philip Murphy called, The Bringing, a thriller-horror movie inspired by the story of Elisa Lam. Lam was a Canadian college student who went missing on January 31st, 2013. Before her disappearance, she was last seen in Los Angeles’ Cecil Hotel, where she was caught on elevator surveillance footage behaving very strangely. See her last moments below:
Some have argued that Lam is clearly hiding from someone (or something) in the clip, and that she exits the elevator to speak to them. But as there’s no sound, it’s impossible to know what–if anything–was said. Some have speculated that there’s something supernatural going on here, between the elevator’s refusal to close the door and go to the floors Lam’s pressed buttons for, and the jarring way she moves her hands and feet after she’s left the elevator. Skeptics have insisted Lam must be emotionally disturbed or on drugs here, but the coroner’s report didn’t find any evidence of drugs or alcohol in her system.
Her body was ultimately discovered weeks later at the Cecil Hotel in the hotel’s rooftop water tanks. A maintenance worker found her when investigating claims from guests about the tap water tasting odd. Stranger still, Lam’s death is just one of the stain’s on the hotel’s history. In 1985, a serial killer known as “The Nightstalker” took up residence in the Cecil’s top floor, and used the place as a hunting ground, killing 13 women. A copycat killer followed in his footsteps, murdering three sex workers. Then there’s the draw the hotel has had for suicides, as people visited the hotel throughout the 1950s and ’60s to leap out of its windows to their deaths.
It’s unknown what portions of the Cecil Hotel’s ghastly history Murphy and Murphy will spotlight in The Bringing, but the title seems to imply evil spirits will be involved. As some of cinema’s most disturbing horror thrillers found their inspiration in true and terrifying tales–from The Conjuring and The Amityville Horror to The Silence of the Lambs and Psycho–The Bringing is in good company.