Director: Gonzalo López-Gallego
Verdict: 5/10…Average sci-fi horror movie
Horror themes: space, unknown cause of death, creatures, infection… Filed under science fiction horror
Plot summary of Apollo 18
Officially, Apollo 17, launched December 17th, 1972 was the last manned mission to the moon. But a year later, in December of 1973, two American astronauts were sent on a secret mission to the moon funded by the US Department of Defense. What you are about to see is the actual footage which the astronauts captured on that mission. While NASA denies its authenticity, others say it’s the real reason we’ve never gone back to the moon.
Apollo 18 (2011) – Official Trailer (YouTube)
About Apollo 18
Apollo 18 was directed by Gonzalo López-Gallego and produced by Timur Bekmambetov and Ron Schmidt, screenplay by Brian Miller. The premise of the movie – López-Gallego’s first English-language title – is that the officially canceled Apollo 18 mission was actually launched in December 1973 but never returned due to a classified disaster. As a result, the United States not attempted to return to the moon. The film is shot in a found-footage style, supposedly representing the lost footage of the doomed Apollo 18 mission that was only recently discovered.
The movie Apollo 18 was filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia and features actors Warren Christie, Lloyd Owen, and Ryan Robbins. Apollo 18, distributed by Dimension Films, was promoted as a “found footage” film with no acting; in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Dimension Films head Bob Weinstein denied the film was a work of fiction, stating that “We didn’t shoot anything, we found it. Found, baby!”
Apollo 18 (2011) – Official trailer #2 (YouTube)