Canadian's death at L.A. hotel inspires horror film

Elisa Lam is pictured in this undated Los Angeles police handout photo. (LAPD/QMI Agency)

Elisa Lam is pictured in this undated Los Angeles police handout photo. (LAPD/QMI Agency)

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, Last Updated: 12:41 PM ET

The death of Vancouver woman Elisa Lam, whose body was discovered inside a water tank on top of a hotel in Los Angeles, has inspired a horror movie, reports say.

The L.A. Times reports Sony Pictures Entertainment and Matt Tolmach Productions have acquired the rights to a screenplay called The Bringing.

The screenplay focuses on a detective’s mysterious experiences as he investigates the Canadian tourist’s death.

Lam, 21, was a University of British Columbia student who was on her way to Santa Cruz at the end of January 2013. She was last seen alive Jan. 31. Police issued a plea for information about her on Feb. 6 and her body was found Feb. 19.

In the hours before she went missing, Lam was caught on security footage acting strangely in the hotel’s elevator.

Her body was discovered in the water tank after guests at the Cecil Hotel complained about low water pressure.

The coroner’s office ruled her death an accidental drowning and said her bipolar disorder may have also played a role. Drugs were not a factor, the coroner said.

Police have never said how Lam got into the eight-foot-tall water tank. The L.A. fire department has said to gain access to the rooftop water tanks, Lam would have had to open an alarmed door that needed a key to be silenced.

The hotel’s history has sparked conspiracy theories. In the 1980s it was the temporary residence of the infamous Night Stalker killer Richard Ramirez. In the 1990s, Austrian serial killer Jack Unterweger stayed there.


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