Apollo 18 release date September 2 2011 studio Dimension Films director Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego writer Brian Miller rating PG13 site apollo18movie.net trailer 1 Trailer #1 Official Score: Average User Rating: ADD A USER REVIEW 33 comments Posted By horrorbuff28 on September 3, 2011 @ 12:02 am Log in to Reply ★★★★☆ All these negative reviews for Apollo 18 and I don’t really understand it. I DO understand where some critics are coming from because this movie is littered with many problems but I still found it entertaining. The creatures were creepy and I found the atmosphere very eerie at times. I jumped a few times which is RARE. I hardly jump in horror movies. surprisingly Suspenseful at times. But for every pro, there’s a con. The script had some issues and the acting fell flat at times. Also my main problem and probably most other people’s main problem with it is that the whole movie felt very choppy. The editing at times was terrible. I understand it’s supposed to be found footage from the 70′s, but these choppy editing mistakes could of easily been shaped up. All In All, Apollo 18 was a claustrphobic, atmospheric, psychological horror film that unfortunately suffered from a mediocre script, stale acting, and some serious editing problems. Posted By UndeadRaziel on September 3, 2011 @ 5:39 pm Log in to Reply ★★★★☆ I thought this movie was pretty cool. Was it the best horror film of the year. No, not by a long shot. But it was a fun movie. With the movie only following 3 characters it had a very isolated feel to it. No one can help you when you are on the moon! And I did like the monsters. It wasn’t what I was expecting. It was kind of like “the trees” in The Happening. Where yo go, “wha? Thats was it is?!” All in all I liked the movie, I won’t buy it when it comes out. But I will probably watch it again. Posted By mr20j on September 4, 2011 @ 5:10 am Log in to Reply ★☆☆☆☆ There was nothing cool about this movie…..it is terrible…..the “monsters” reminded me of the scarab beetles from The Mummy and whole get inside you and pop out is so Aliens. Please for the love of God save your money. Snorefest from begining to the end. Not a kid 41 years old long time horror fan just shootin you straight. This movie will set the “documentary” style horror movies way back…it will be hard to trust another. Posted By Mayday on September 4, 2011 @ 5:59 pm Log in to Reply ★★★★☆ Very enjoyable, innovative twist on the found footage genre. If you’re looking for all-out alien attacks, that’s not what this film was about. It was a deliberately paced slow-burn kind of film, as many of this ilk tend to be, and patience pays off as it really ramps things up towards the end. Posted By Scream_ on September 4, 2011 @ 11:52 pm Log in to Reply ★★☆☆☆ REALLY DISAPPOINTING. That is all. Posted By downward_spiral on September 4, 2011 @ 11:55 pm Log in to Reply ★★★★☆ I don’t know what you people were expecting out of this movie but I think they accomplished their goal just fine with making a good found footage movie. I thought it was a fresh take on the genre with the whole space thing and I liked it. Posted By DJM on September 5, 2011 @ 8:46 pm Log in to Reply ★☆☆☆☆ A poor attempt at The Blair Witch Project on the moon, which even with a short 75-minute runtime manages to feel much, much longer. The film is uninteresting, underdeveloped, looks and feels like it was made on a small budget and has no scares, tension, suspense or characters you care about. Easily one of the worst films of 2011. Posted By Zombie-Piranha on September 6, 2011 @ 3:26 am Log in to Reply ★★★★★ Terrific – a heart stopping horror movie. The best found-footage film since ‘The Blair Witch Project’. The story line had amazing potential. Admit it; Its unlike anything you’ve ever saw. Posted By Primeus on September 7, 2011 @ 5:03 am Log in to Reply ★★☆☆☆ This movie had a huge amount of potential and I really think the found film crap hurt the movie and didn’t help out. It was decent but nothing I would actually see again or recommend. It wasn’t scary at all. It was kinda creepy on some level but not even because of the aliens spiders. Mostly because the US was going to leave them there. I remember the end of PA scared the crap out of me, and everyone knows there heart sank when the camera dropped at the end of Blair Witch. This movie wasn’t even in the ballpark of those two films. Like I said it wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t great either. Posted By gorehunter on September 7, 2011 @ 9:33 pm Log in to Reply ★★★★☆ This is a movie with imagination and a great storyline. It is typical of the government to send out guinea pigs to see what happens to you. the found film part is reminescent of Blair Witch Project but it did get the story going to where it needed it to be.The back story on the astronauts as far as showing their families and kids did make it more involved and intensified the movie. I was prepared for a let down when and if they revealed the truth. It did now let me down too much because I did not expect it to turn out that way. I enjoyed it thoroughly and had a good time with it. Posted By HellCat on September 9, 2011 @ 12:11 am Log in to Reply ★★★☆☆ Been there, seen that… Highly predictable offering that has a couple of great jump scares, but manages in the end to rise only to the level of mediocrity perhaps best expressed by the acknowledgement that while it isn’t a BAD movie, it certainly isn’t a GOOD movie, either. If it’s smart sci-fi chills you want, do yourself a favor and seek out Moon, Sunshine, Love, or Primer instead… You’ll be oh so glad that you did! (You’re welcome! Posted By iszac on September 10, 2011 @ 1:37 pm Log in to Reply ★★★★☆ I am pretty shock that this movie earn such a number of bad reviews, it was actually a very good found footage horror/thriller, it with a good storyline, and good eery moment. Well, you can’t blame that the movie didn’t really show the “alien”, this is what a found footage movie always be, to keep it more realistic and believable, overall, I thought it’s amazing. Posted By Willnpc on September 11, 2011 @ 2:55 pm Log in to Reply ★★★☆☆ A little slow and boring at times, but overall an ok movie. Not worth the money to see it in a theater, at best a decent DVD rental. Posted By allmyfriendsaredead on September 12, 2011 @ 2:13 am Log in to Reply ★★★★★ I thought this was a great film! The fact that the creature was a type of well camouflaged spider-like thing made it more frightening. I recommend this film to those who appreciate found footage films and don’t need to see a giant elaborate space alien action fight to enjoy a horror film that takes place on the moon. Posted By TheGonzoJoint on September 17, 2011 @ 7:07 pm Log in to Reply ★★☆☆☆ Creepy is as creepy does. You may find what I call “cheap jump scares” to be the real deal, while I consider them to be…well, cheap jump scares. It’s all a matter of opinion (or interest, or taste, or all-around decency) whether a horror film truly scares the viewer. There are horror films that I dislike that many others have enjoyed, and oh, I would have loved to love them too. But I can’t lie; critics simply cannot do so. However, casual viewers might enjoy themselves at the theater whether they liked the movie they saw or not. But I know with this particular film, I didn’t. I’m sitting here, trying to write a proper review for “Apollo 18″, which is, to my disappointment, a film that doesn’t quite deserve such formal, decent treatment. After all, it isn’t really a decent film, now is it? But as I said, it’s all a matter of opinion. I know people who might find the film entertaining – or at least not as boring as I found it to be. They are respected. But this film…it is not. That would actually be close to disrespect; the complete opposite, but not towards the film, rather the horror genre as a whole. I know a bad horror movie when I see one. And “Apollo 18″ is pretty darn bad. The film uses the nigh-gimmicky “found-footage” approach to filmmaking as its only source of advertising bait. It gets its audience through this gimmick; claiming that the events shown on digital film truly did happen. In this case, the evidence we are witness to can be described as followed: the previously cancelled Apollo 18 mission-to-the-moon is secretly given the “go” signal, and those involved are sent into orbit. They arrive at the moon and start examining the rocks and craters. Things seem to be going well enough for them, that is, until strange things begin to happen. The rocks appear to be moving, implies the footage. An astronaut explores a crater and discovers a rotting corpse. Something isn’t right. To make matters worse, we’re hearing Predator-esque little noises while watching a good portion of this footage, so SOMETHING must be out there. But what? It would seem that there are extraterrestrials on the moon. Here, they come in the form of (spoiler, spoiler!) rock-spiders. Yes, you heard right; rocks that transform into little spider things, which crawl inside your suit and infect your body. This means that those supplying you with the opportunity to go to the Moon in the first place probably won’t allow you to return home, because there is a risk of an outbreak. The astronauts on board the crafts take this into account, and try to cope with the situation in any ways they can. What went wrong here? I guess I’ll begin with the film’s villain. First off, it needs a better one. The rock-spiders are predictable and devoid of atmosphere. When we see them, we don’t feel frightened; we actually want to laugh, or at least that’s how I felt. In this case, the villains just aren’t well-used here, given that rock-spiders probably sounded like a good idea on paper, but when it translates to a film as bad as this one, it doesn’t exactly create a pretty picture. The only decent thing that the filmmakers do here is keep their villain in the dark for as long as they can, but when the infections spread and the characters start screaming all over the place, I get pissed, annoyed, and sleepy. There isn’t much to say about the film, because there wasn’t much that I felt. The outcome of the flick was predictable; I mean, what did I expect? Still, I’ll admit that I anticipated the flick quite a bit, and was completely open to enjoying it, but I go to these sorts of movies to have fun. Wouldn’t you? And when you don’t enjoy yourself, or feel the horror tingling in your spine, the film has not served its purpose. “Apollo 18″ is an underachiever in just about every way. *Also, despite any suspicious claims, this film’s false-ness has been officially confirmed. If you ever believed that it was “real” in the firs place, then boy, was this movie made for you. Posted By maynardmorrissey on October 15, 2011 @ 6:07 pm Log in to Reply ★★★☆☆ “Apollo 18″ is a prime example of a mediocre genre-movie / found footage flick. It’s not bad but it’s not good either. It’s way better than mockumentary crap like “Gacy House” or “Paranormal Entity”, but it’s also far from being as brilliant as “The Poughkeepsie Tapes” or “The Tunnel”. The actors do solid jobs here, although their characters are a bit too shallow and unlikable. The direction is quite ok, the script is so-so. It’s full of suspenseful and highly atmospheric scenes, but it’s also full of boring and annoyingly tedious sequences. I loved… …the believable camera work which really make it look like some actual found footage, the clever editing, the basic plot idea and a few incredibly intense scenes (the Soviel lunar lander, the dark crater, the infection). I hated… …the weak-looking CGI creatures, all the scenes that just drag on and on, and the incredibly bad and stupid ending which includes a really lame conclusion, some silly over-acting and one of the biggest and most obvious plot holes in film history. If you wanna see a good “moon horror movie”, I suggest to watch the terribly underrated “The Dark Side Of The Moon” instead. http://www.horrormoviediary.net Posted By Melllllzy on November 2, 2011 @ 12:45 pm Log in to Reply ☆☆☆☆☆ I actually didn’t think this was as bad as ratings suggest. I think it would have been lame if it went over the top with the ‘aliens’ – the moon is so close to us and we know enough about it that I actually think it would have cheapened it for the film maker to think we as an audience would buy into an advanced intelligent life form up there, dark side or not. It was a bit slow moving, but I think it did a good job at creating suspense. I enjoyed it. Posted By mrchill1988 on November 11, 2011 @ 1:28 am Log in to Reply ★★★☆☆ This is actually not a bad movie. Nice story, really like the ending! Posted By crazyhorror on December 27, 2011 @ 3:14 pm Log in to Reply ★★★★★ Suspenceful, Intense, Creepy and Scary as well Apollo 18 is the kind of found footage film you might enjoy watching a lot. This is a great movie that has everything you need for a found footage genre although the movie has a couple of faults in certain scenes and sequences. From what I can tell this was a great movie. I really enjoyed it so far. This movie also has a great plot as well about the 18th Apollo mission. The film also has lots of twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the ending. Plus the film is really intriguing as well. There are so many great things about Apollo 18 and there are some bad things about the film as well. The great thing about Apollo 18 is that the film is full of overloaded suspense and tension that will make you squirm from start to finish. The film also has some incredible atmospheric scenes that makes you feel claustrophobic towards every scene and since the movie also has a couple of atmospheric scenes the film also has some great camera work and editing and the film looks more of an actual footage than a movie so far. The only bad thing about Apollo 18 is the CGI creatures all of the creatures were sometimes distracting in most scenes but some quite fit well in the movie. I personally enjoyed the film but I would rather enjoy this movie even more if the creatures weren’t CGI at all so far but I did like the movie so far. Overall Apollo 18 gets a 9/10. It’s not the best found footage movie but overall this film is great and average to say the least. Posted By randywood on December 28, 2011 @ 2:51 pm Log in to Reply ★★★★☆ Again i really enjoyed this film far more than some of the crap i have seen this year . I watched the Moon Landing on TV as a child and was obsessed with space flight until i saw a capsule up close at The Science Centre in Toronto and saw how cramped it was- This film was very claustrophobic. Posted By jmac666 on December 28, 2011 @ 5:27 pm Log in to Reply ★★★☆☆ OK movie, a little boring for me, not much happens other than what you saw in the trailer which was a let down in my opinion. Still worth a watch especially for sci-fi fans. Posted By jmac666 on December 28, 2011 @ 5:27 pm Log in to Reply ★★★☆☆ OK movie, a little boring for me, not much happens other than what you saw in the trailer which was a let down in my opinion. Still worth a watch especially for sci-fi fans. Posted By uhakid07 on January 1, 2012 @ 5:10 pm Log in to Reply ★★★☆☆ Not as bad as many people are making this out to be.. Not terrible but not great by any means. Boring parts but some decent stuff.. Nothing I would recommend to anyone though Posted By Marty McFly on January 5, 2012 @ 3:54 am Log in to Reply ★☆☆☆☆ I shut this off 20 minutes into it. So boring. I enjoyed Blair Witch but this was just so freaking slow. Posted By JM on January 6, 2012 @ 6:10 pm Log in to Reply ★★★★☆ I held the bowl in my hand the entire movie and never lit it. Something about going to the Moon thats frightening in itself, and despite all the bad comments Ive read about this film, I enjoyed it quite a bit. It harnessed that threat of isolation and no-turning-back much like The Thing did back in the early 80′s. If your mind identified with the distance they were from home, from their families, and the threat at hand, then it works. If youre looking for monsters and hunts and kills, this isnt for you. If you are into letting a realistic situation turn to hell and enjoy the characters a little, like I did, it works. Especially in January. Some many releases, so little quality. When so many complain about seeing the monster too much “as in The Thing 2011 or Dont Be Afraid of the Dark” – you’d think this film’s lack of exposure would be a plus. Obviously not to some. Worked for me. Posted By Hitchhiker-speed-bump on January 7, 2012 @ 4:02 am Log in to Reply ★☆☆☆☆ One of the worst films I have seen In a long time..They really dropped the ball on this one. Posted By SirSerling on January 7, 2012 @ 11:08 pm Log in to Reply ★★★☆☆ Excitement in this one, was too few and far between. If you seen the extended trailer than most likely you seen 90% of the film. The creatures were simple and effective but I was definitely craving more. Worth the watch but nothing unique. Posted By flesheater123 on January 8, 2012 @ 5:49 am Log in to Reply ★★★★☆ pretty sick movie. It’s very different. Reminded of Red Mars meets event horizon. The creatures were very different and cool looking. And it does a very good job of making you believe it is real. Which IDK if this one is? Posted By Hammer-Smashed-Face on January 8, 2012 @ 7:11 am Log in to Reply ★★☆☆☆ Paranormal Moon-tivity of the Turd Kind. Terrible use of an already abused docu-camera style that is absolutely devoid of any thrills or chills. Not only is the intro taxing as hell but the body and ending suck just as bad—if aliens there shall be, then by god make them some kind of exciting, cool, or somewhat original threat. Waste of $$ and time—this could have been some cool, dark shit if the right vision was applied. Pass. Posted By bowers on January 30, 2012 @ 7:49 am Log in to Reply ★★★★☆ Great concept, imperfect execution. The lead up to the monster was great–very creepy. The actual monsters: not so great, felt a bit cliche. Add in a bunch of inaccuracies with the science and inconsistencies with the spacing, and it’ll start to bug you. The ending… well. Could have been better. Worth at least one watch. Posted By Steven Byers on June 8, 2012 @ 8:17 pm Log in to Reply ★☆☆☆☆ It should be called “Apology 18″ for making me watch this shit. Look, I know horror movies set in space are hard to resist and it looks pretty interesting, but once you’ve seen the trailer you’ve seen the movie. At a brisk less than 90 minutes, it feels double that. No scares, no jolts, no reason to care. This is just another lame excuse for a horror movie. Wasn’t impressed AT ALL. Posted By udopreeck on January 8, 2013 @ 5:45 pm Log in to Reply ★★★☆☆ Comment Posted By Theultimatemoviereview on April 2, 2013 @ 10:27 pm Log in to Reply ★☆☆☆☆ The Ultimate Movie Review! – http://tss5078.blogspot.com – @tss5078 – This film is shot on old cameras, in a 70s style documentary, that someone would have made on an old camcorder. Someone uncovers the tapes of this secret, classified, NASA mission, that was buried and turns it into this film. Apollo 18 shows how the astronauts came into contact with extra terrestrial life. I was expecting this to be a trippy Sci-Fi movie, it wasn’t. I also thought maybe the aliens would be hostile and it would be an action packed horror flick, not really. The truth is, it’s hard to say what this was besides bad! First of all, the look they use for effect, hampered the viewers, the constant interruption and flashes were just fucking annoying! The actors really have no dialogue outside of their work, meaning we know basically nothing about them, so there is no connection with the audience. The dialogue is bland, the effects are cheap, and the cinematography makes you want to vomit. It’s not Paranormal Activity, nor is it the Blair Witch, it’s a cheap rip off of both, that’s not worth one minute of your time.