WAYS TO
WATCH:

See all
Decades-old found footage from NASA's abandoned Apollo 18 mission, where two American astronauts were sent on a secret expedition, reveals the reason the U.S. has never returned to the moon.

Writer:

Reviews
Popularity
4,471 ( 564)
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A group of astronaut explorers succumb one by one to a mysterious and terrifying force while collecting specimens on Mars.

Director: Ruairi Robinson
Stars: Liev Schreiber, Elias Koteas, Romola Garai
Europa Report (2013)
Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

An international crew of astronauts undertakes a privately funded mission to search for life on Jupiter's fourth largest moon.

Director: Sebastián Cordero
Stars: Sharlto Copley, Michael Nyqvist, Christian Camargo
Apollo 13 (1995)
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

NASA must devise a strategy to return Apollo 13 to Earth safely after the spacecraft undergoes massive internal damage putting the lives of the three astronauts on board in jeopardy.

Director: Ron Howard
Stars: Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon
Cargo (2009)
Mystery | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

In 2270, Earth is completely depleted and no one lives there anymore. Those that have money move to Rhea; but most of the population lives in orbit in space stations. Dr. Laura Portmann ... See full summary »

Directors: Ivan Engler, Ralph Etter
Stars: Anna Katharina Schwabroh, Martin Rapold, Regula Grauwiller
Pandorum (2009)
Action | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A pair of crew members aboard a spaceship wake up with no knowledge of their mission or their identities.

Director: Christian Alvart
Stars: Dennis Quaid, Ben Foster, Cam Gigandet
The Bay II (2012)
Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Chaos breaks out in a small Maryland town after an ecological disaster occurs.

Director: Barry Levinson
Stars: Will Rogers, Kristen Connolly, Kether Donohue
Event Horizon (1997)
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A rescue crew investigates a spaceship that disappeared into a black hole and has now returned...with someone or something new on-board.

Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
Stars: Laurence Fishburne, Sam Neill, Kathleen Quinlan
Mystery | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A thriller involving an ongoing unsolved mystery in Alaska, where one town has seen an extraordinary number of unexplained disappearances during the past 40 years and there are accusations of a federal cover up.

Director: Olatunde Osunsanmi
Stars: Milla Jovovich, Elias Koteas, Will Patton
Red Planet (2000)
Action | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Astronauts, and their robotic dog AMME, search for solutions to save a dying Earth by searching on Mars, only to have the mission go terribly awry.

Director: Antony Hoffman
Stars: Val Kilmer, Carrie-Anne Moss, Tom Sizemore
Adventure | Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

When the first manned mission to Mars meets with a catastrophic and mysterious disaster after reporting a unidentified structure, a rescue mission is launched to investigate the tragedy and bring back any survivors.

Director: Brian De Palma
Stars: Tim Robbins, Gary Sinise, Don Cheadle
Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

For their ghost hunting reality show, a production crew locks themselves inside an abandoned mental hospital that's supposedly haunted - and it might prove to be all too true.

Directors: Colin Minihan, Stuart Ortiz, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Ben Wilkinson, Sean Rogerson, Ashleigh Gryzko
Apollo 12 (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

This film tells the true story of the disastrous Apollo 12, unveiling new details NASA never told us. It includes interviews with all three crewmembers and top officials, as well as other rare and never-before-seen footage.

Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
...
...
...
...
Deputy Secretary of Defense (as Mike Kopsa)
...
Mission Control
...
Lab Tech #1 (as Kurt Runte)
...
Lab Tech #2
Kim Wylie ...
Laura Anderson
Noah Wylie ...
Ryan Anderson
...
Nate's Girlfriend
...
John's Fiancée
Edit

Storyline

In the early 70's, Commander Nathan Walker, Captain Ben Anderson and Lieutenant Colonel John Grey are assigned in a secret mission to the Moon to protect the USA from USSR using detectors. Nathan and Ben land on the Moon in the Liberty module while John stays in orbit in the module Freedom. They collect rock samples and bring them to the Liberty. They also find footprints and the body of a Soviet cosmonaut on the moon. Soon they hear weird noises and they find that they are not alone in the satellite. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

There's a reason we've never gone back to the moon.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some disturbing sequences, and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

2 September 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Apolo 18  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$8,704,271 (USA) (2 September 2011)

Gross:

$17,683,670 (USA) (11 November 2011)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

| (as Datasat Digital Sound)|

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

NASA's liaison for multimedia, Bert Ulrich, has officially stated that "Apollo 18 is not a documentary ... the film is a work of fiction." See more »

Goofs

(at around 1 min) In footage of the pre-flight barbecue at Ben's, one of the guests is shown twisting the cap off a beer bottle. Twist-off caps were not available in the mid-70s. See more »

Quotes

Ben Anderson: [over comms] Please, please listen to me uh... listen to me. Um, listen to me... I... I have a family. I need my family, please.
Deputy Secretary of Defense: We'll let your family know you died a hero. I'm sorry, Ben.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Sugarcube Critic: Mare in the Moon (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Xmas Carol
Written by Alla Sirenko
Courtesy of ZFC Music & MusicHouse
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Good historical fiction, not a fantastic horror film
2 September 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I admit, it is not terribly scary, but it uses a fairly original (comparatively speaking) filming mechanic in the found footage style and is, aside from the space aliens, a believable film with good acting, very few historical inaccuracies, mostly natural dialogue and a good bit of tension. Being admittedly biased in that I was more concerned whether they would remember that the astronauts had to depressurize as to not get the bends than whether it was frightening, I may give it a higher rating than most would think it deserves but I most definitely enjoyed myself.

All in all it was a nice historical fiction about finding something sinister on the moon because of a continued space race, assuming you can respect a more minimal film on a modest budget. Not really for a fan of horror movies. Perhaps if someone could create a genre name for "historical science fiction/tense drama/horror" (in that order), a "histscifitdramhor" if you will.


35 of 55 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
We've been back to the moon. tunasauce
Any Earth species that kill and don't feed? ArkhamsMostWanted
There is NO dark side of the Moon. IvanPopov
How did this footage retrieved if NASA had never gone back to the Moon? lerhshenchang
Better Than Europa Report hdchristner
What were these flash things ? adamnico-691-391569
Discuss Apollo 18 (2011) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?