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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Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The prologue text at the beginning of the movie states that the documented footage of the secret Apollo 18 mission was uploaded to the website "www.lunartruth.com". If you type that address into your browser, it redirects you to "apollo18movie.net", which is the movie's official website. See more »


Various shots of scenes on the Moon are repeated during the film, but the positions of shadows do not change, which they should - even with the slow rotation of the Moon. See more »


Deputy Secretary of Defense: [over comms] John, you are ordered to abort rescue immediately. Captain Anderson is a high contamination threat. You will not recover him.
John Grey: You knew something was down there and you sent them anyway.
Deputy Secretary of Defense: [over comms] DOD to Freedom, if you do not abort in T-minus 60 seconds, transmission will terminate. You will not receive an updated state vector. You will run out of life support package. You will not return home. You have 45 seconds to abort this rescue.
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Referenced in Family Guy: Space Cadet (2013) See more »


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I enjoyed it
6 September 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I was nearly put off seeing it by some of the reviews here.

SO I thought twice about seeing it, however I like sci-fi so had to watch.

The plot is well covered in other reviews.

Yes the style is different but it is in keeping with the moon landing and pictures taken at the time. Its all filmed as though done through the hand-held moon cameras.

Some reviews said actors were wooden but that is the whole point, they are supposed to be normal people (well as normal as any astronauts ) can be.

The test for me is :-

Would I watch it again, yes

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