Netflix releases trailer for new True-crime documentary, ‘The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel’

Netflix releases trailer for new True-crime documentary, 'The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel'

After recently releasing true-crime docu-series, ‘The Night Stalker’, Netflix has again released the trailer of another true crime documentary called ‘Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel’

Just the name of the infamous Los Angeles hotel is enough to spark a wave of fear and disturbance among those who know about its reputation for being the place of acts of violence, murder, and suicides. The upcoming Netflix crime documentary will be based on some shaking and gruesome real-life events that have transpired inside the hotel.

Hotel Cecil was a place that housed the notorious serial killer Richard Ramirez, countless suicides, and where Canadian student Elisa Lam mysteriously died- her body later found in a water tank.

What does the trailer show?

The trailer of the new crime documentary starts off with a chilling introduction to Cecil Hotel’s gruesome past. “People call it, Hotel Death”, we hear in the voiceover during the beginning of the trailer. The interviewees called it the place where serial killers hide. The trailer also shows clips of Richard Ramirez, the serial killer who had stayed in the hotel for weeks during his killing spree, according to rumors.

Earlier in January, Netflix released a separate crime docu-series about Richard Ramirez and his killing spree, called ‘The Night Stalker’

However, the trailer’s main focus, is on the mysterious death of Elisa Lam. Elisa Lam was a Canadian student, who had disappeared on January 31, 2013, and her body was found weeks later in the hotel’s water tank.  A video of Elisa Lam inside an elevator went viral where she is seen apparently attempting to hide from an unseen threat. The trailer shows us a part of this video and we can see Lam doing odd hand gestures, as she comes back to stand in the empty elevator space. Several people in the clip suggest that perhaps there was something cursed about the Hotel Cecil. “It makes people wonder if something evil is going on here”, said an interviewee in the trailer.

The crime series will look into the reasons behind Lam’s death, and try to solve the mystery around the chilling case.


This docu-series is directed and produced by true crime extraordinaire Joe Berlinger, the man who also directed Netflix’s hit series ‘Conversations With A Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes’

“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 Berlinger.

“So, when journalist Josh Dean, who is also a producer on the project, brought us his research into this case, we realized 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.”, he continued.


Release Date of The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel

‘Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel’ will hit the streaming service soon on February 10 with four episodes about the hotel’s history.

Meanwhile, true-crime documentary on Richard Ramirez, ‘The Night Stalker’, is currently streaming on Netflix!


Also Read: 10 Best Real-Life Based Documentaries on Netflix

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