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Cecil Hotel Viewers Convinced Elisa Lam Was Playing The Chilling Elevator Game Before She Died

Cecil Hotel Viewers Convinced Elisa Lam Was Playing The Chilling Elevator Game Before She Died

One of the most disturbing parts of Netflix's latest documentary series, Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel is the unsettling CCTV footage of Canadian student, Elisa Lam, in the elevator of the Cecil Hotel.

The clip, which was released to the public in 2013, shows Elisa behaving erratically just hours before she went missing from the hotel, and tragically, was later found dead in the hotel's rooftop water tank.

Ever since the 21-year-old disappeared, people have been circulating theories over what could have happened to Elisa. One such theory is that the odd behaviour Elisa exhibits in the CCTV footage is the result of a chilling ritual known as The Elevator Game.

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But what is it?

Well, it's a pretty creepy ritual that sees the player visit a number of different floors in an elevator, in a bid to get to a 'new dimension'. The person playing must first enter the elevator alone, before pressing the button for the fourth floor.

They must then descend to the second floor, up to the sixth, down to the second again, up to the tenth and finally down to the fifth. They must not get out on any floor.

After reaching the fifth level, the legend says a mysterious woman will enter the lift, but the person playing must not look or interact with her.

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Some people were convinced Elisa was playing The Elevator Game (Credit: The Cecil Hotel/Netflix)
Some people were convinced Elisa was playing The Elevator Game (Credit: The Cecil Hotel/Netflix)

Players must then push the button to the first floor. Two things are supposedly said to happen here. If the lift goes down, the player must leave the building and not look back.

If it goes to the tenth floor, once the player leaves the elevator, it's believed they'll be entering a new dimension. Pretty creepy, right?

After Elisa's odd behaviour in the elevator - specifically pressing a number of different buttons as she entered - some conspiracists are convinced she was playing the game.

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It's worth noting here that Elisa's death was ruled as accidental drowning, with her bipolar disorder was found to be a significant factor.

But despite this, some viewers are still adamant there were too many coincidences surrounding the student's tragic death.

Some are still adamant there were too many coincidences surrounding the student's tragic death (Credit: Shutterstock)
Some are still adamant there were too many coincidences surrounding the student's tragic death (Credit: Shutterstock)

One person wrote on Twitter: "That Elisa Lam case still reminds me of that elevator game, still gives me the creeps."

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Cecil Hotel Manager Denies Claims She 'Edited' Eliza Lam Elevator Footage
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Cecil Hotel Manager Denies Claims She 'Edited' Eliza Lam Elevator Footage

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While another added: "I honestly think Elisa Lam played the elevator game."

And one commented: "Wonder if Elisa Lam doing the elevator game at the Cecil Hotel. Because the button pressing and going to different floors looks like it."

"I still get chills thinking about that Elevator Game and seeing that Elisa Lam footage," wrote another.

(Credit: Twitter)
(Credit: Twitter)
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(Credit: Twitter)
(Credit: Twitter)

Yesterday, we explained how people are still convinced Elisa's death was linked to the tuberculosis outbreak, taking place in Los Angeles at around the same time. You can read more about that here.

Featured Image Credit: The Cecil Hotel/Netflix

Topics: TV News, TV & Film, Netflix

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Lucy Devine

Lucy is a journalist working for Tyla. After graduating with a master's degree in journalism, she has worked in both print and online and is particularly interested in fashion, food, health and women's issues. Northerner, coffee addict, says hun a lot. Get in touch at [email protected]