Apollo 18 (2011)

PG-13  |   |  Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi  |  2 September 2011 (USA)
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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.


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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


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

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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 »

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Release Date:

2 September 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Apolo 18  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film was shot using old camera lenses from the 70s. See more »


(at around 26 mins) When the astronauts are commenting on the dropping temperature, they are at the Moon's southern pole, which is about -390 degrees F. They would not have been able to feel temperature fluctuations through their environmental suits. See more »


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.
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In space, no one can hear you yawn....
4 September 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

...and I hope the people next to me in the cinema couldn't hear me yawning, which I started doing after about half-way.

These 'found footage' movies have varied over the years, since The Blair Witch Project kicked it all off. I had mixed feelings about that, but overall I felt it was an effective chiller: what's NOT seen is often so much scarier. Cloverfield, for me, remains at the top of the list, while the PA films are way down.

Apollo 18 isn't far from the bottom, either. The premise was intriguing, and I genuinely expected some sort of development in the genre - something like a cross between Blair Witch and Alien. What I got was 90 minutes of predictability and disappointment. The sense of isolation and claustrophobia was well done, but little else. I felt some sense of a tension build-up for perhaps a half-hour - but then it dissipated once the nature of the 'horror' became apparent.

I came away feeling that here was a great opportunity missed. It's worth seeing for the technical excellence and attention to detail. Just don't expect to see anything new - or anything that'll frighten the pants off you.

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