Box art for Apollo 18

Apollo 18

horror, sci-fi & fantasy

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.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 14
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
0 out of 5
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3 out of 5

Fake moon-landing chiller is no Blair Witch in space.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this sci-fi/horror movie -- which is told in the "found-footage" format pioneered by The Blair Witch Project and continued by Paranormal Activity and others -- revolves around a final, secret moon mission in which astronauts discover something terrible on the lunar surface. (In real life, 1972's Apollo 17 was the final mission.) There are some intense, frightening sequences, mostly based on sudden movements and scary faces. There's also a gory wound that grows worse as the story progresses. Profanity gets fairly frequent as things escalate but is more along the lines of "hell" and "goddamn" than stronger words (though there are a couple of those as well).

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the movie's violence. Is it scary? In general, which has more impact -- seeing frightening things take place or knowing that they're happening but not being able to see them?
  • Does this film really look or feel like it's made out of real found footage? How does the editing affect that perception? How does this compare to other movies using a similar style?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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    reviews counted: 12
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Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: It's 80 minutes of dead air.

- David Edelstein, New York Magazine, Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Rotten: The source of the creepy events, when it's finally revealed, is profoundly dull, like a forgettable episode of The X-Files or Fringe.

- Eric D. Snider,, Sunday, September 4, 2011

Rotten: This space-set, "found footage" horror flick never lifts off.

- Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter, Friday, September 2, 2011

Audience Reviews

1 star

A great concept with a poor execution. Sadly, the makers ambition outweighs their talent here.

- fb748921129, Friday, August 31, 2012

1 star

Nice idea but awful execution. It had ideas from better films and failed to get anywhere near as good as them! Even at 80mins it felt way dragged out.

- Deano78, Saturday, July 14, 2012

1 star

Apollo 18 is the story of astronauts going to the moon and they get attacked by weird space crab things and boom, that's the plot. It's also presented in the found footage perspective and by now I think it's time the found footage genre just take a 20 year hiatus. It's been overused since Paranormal Activity made it cool again and it just needs to die. The thing I hate about the footage in this film is that they try to pass it off as real. We all know it's just for the movie, but the director comes straight out and says "Oh yeah, it's real stuff. I don't have a logical explanation for how I recovered it from the moon, but it's real." The film is also very predictable. It sets up for a fake scare, nothing happens, then a really cheesy "scare" will happen. It's been done before. The characters in this movie have no point other than to be the meal for the things attacking them. They aren't relatable, there was no reason to want them to live, and they were just boring. When stuff is happening and the guys are being attacked, most of the time the camera just shows static and all we hear are the actors trying to provide genuine yells of terror even though they couldn't act to save their lives. I also didn't like the ending. It was just a big anti-climax considering the film tries to make it seem like the Moon is the most dangerous place ever. It's nothing new and it's just a boring, generic movie.

- fb100000716838411, Wednesday, June 27, 2012