Sound Off: Found Footage Horror 'Apollo 18' - What Did You Think?
by Alex Billington
September 2, 2011
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? There's a reason we've never gone back to the moon. Found footage horror films continue to pop up every so often in Hollywood, and hitting this this weekend is one of the first sci-fi ones, Apollo 18, directed by Gonzalo López-Gallego. Delayed for more than a year, Dimension Films has been attempting to market this like it is a real documentary about a real NASA mission to the moon that went wrong (but of course that's BS). So how is it? Is it a thrilling/entertaining found-footage fictional film, at least? If you've seen it, leave us a comment below with your thoughts on Apollo 18.
To fuel the Saturn V rocket, I've seen Apollo 18 and I'm not particularly that fond of it. It's much more of an art-house thriller and suspense, than it is horror with any menacing aliens. The performances are great, including from the lead actor, Warren Christie, who just so happens to play Cameron Hicks on Alphas on SyFy. Alas, the pay off and end result isn't that impressive, and I walked out thinking "that was it?" I was hoping there'd be more and I'd walk out scared out of my mind, but nope. It has great production values, as I never once thought this wasn't a legit trip to the moon, but it never delivered more above and beyond that.
What did you think of Apollo 18? One of the best or worst found footage horror films made? We will remove any comments that indicate you have not seen the movie, as this area is meant to discuss the film only once you have seen it and can talk about your thoughts. Please keep the comments civilized!
Reader Feedback - 29 Comments
Huge waste of time. I found myself laughing (Out-Loud) at certain points that weren't meant to be laughed at.
Antonm49 on Sep 2, 2011
I liked it as it had elements of scientific realism. Of course, Apollo 18 didn't go to the moon, and find alien spider crabs. However, it's plausable that nanotechnology run amok could create such things lurking in the hulk of an alien spacecraft, with programming to seek out and consume useful materials and make more spider crabs replacing real intelligence. I found the movie suspenseful and enjoyable, a sort of "blair witch in space". Relying on ravening aliens in power suits is something that low budget art films really can't do, and given the resources they had, Dimension films made an amazing movie.
Delenn on Sep 4, 2011
cause your an idiot....to be honest hahahahahhahh sorry didnt mean to laugh
Morganc619 on Sep 7, 2011
Apollo 18 was OK, but realllly slow; mostly comparable to the pace of the first Paranormal Activity yet less creepy. The tension building up to the climax was sub-par, and the payoff was measly. The production value was good and perhaps they tried to hard to make it seem absolutely realistic? I got annoyed with all the fumbling and "static" in the beginning of the film and the way the movie was shot and how much "interference" took place it felt like a really long viral marketing video.
Tyler_S on Sep 2, 2011
Sorely disappointed. I came in with high expectations. So maybe it was my own expectation's fault.
DAVIDPD on Sep 2, 2011
Saw it in a special theatre (very new technology features such as very dynamic sound, loud-as-f*ck bass, and very stunning visuals), and I would say it's only good if yo see it in one of those theatres. Storyline is kinda crappy, very slow and disappointing. It was fun to watch for the effects and the scares, but not for the story.
AwesomeGuy on Sep 2, 2011
Of all the things a fictional movie entitled Apollo 18 could have been about, I honestly never figured it could be so boring. So much wasted potential that could have made for an exciting movie but it was lacking soul or heart so to speak. Put it this way, I like the Paranormal movies even though they are simply repeating themselves because I feel as if the cast and crew behind them are having fun. I didn't feel that way about the cast and crew of Apollo 18; to me it seemed as though they were simply going through the motions for a pay cheque and it showed on screen. After all the promotion and hype, I really wanted this movie to be great. Instead it turned out to be a very big disappointment
Hattori Hanzo on Sep 2, 2011
Bcopes37 on Sep 3, 2011
It was kinda boring but interesting at the same time,I liked the fact that the aliens were being secretive and not show off that much in the movie,it was like paranormal activity with all that demon lurking around,it was a good scare to me anyway.It seemed like that could actually happen,but I hope not.
Lamer on Sep 3, 2011
Sad to see this is so boring. I thought the idea had so much potential. Oh well, money saved.
JT on Sep 3, 2011
That 1 Guy.... on Sep 3, 2011
so was it better than Moon with Sam Rockwell? That was good and it didn't have any spiders.
Robotprophet on Sep 4, 2011
What did you find so funny?
Homer on Sep 3, 2011
I'm surprised so many people (here and elsewhere on the web) didn't like it. I found it creepy precisely because you could barely see the creatures but you knew they were there. The very idea of being tens of thousands of miles from Earth freaks me out as it is, but the idea that I wouldn't be alone when I got there is pretty scary.
Homer on Sep 3, 2011
Found footage films are a scam, that is a given, so you need to build alot of viral hype around it, to lure people in to see it. That the way you'll make hundreds of millions of a $15000 movie. It doesnt matter if the found footage film is a turd like Paranormal Activity, hook'em and grab their cash, and toss them out the backdoor before they realize what happend. Folks, it's all snakeoil. But I cant say there's been much of a salesman behind this picture, now has there? Not sure if I am sad to see it fizzle away in a few weeks, this could have been fun.
David Banner on Sep 3, 2011
I would disagree with your dismissal of the entire found footage idea like that, nor that they are all little cheap movies. They don't have to be, at least. I don't really understand why they had to make Apollo 18 as a found footage film in the first place, but I guess I can see why they went with that. I think you can do some interesting stuff with the found footage idea if you don't forget your gimmick. A lot of these movies will go through the typical movie beat checklist and thus end up feeling like a regular movie with a shaky camera and annoying characters.
Anonymous on Sep 3, 2011
I really enjoyed this film. For those saying the story line was "lacking", I will have to disagree. This film was made for a purpose, to expose hidden footage from a "secret" mission, conducted by the government. I liked the fact it was straight to the point.. with no bull Sh*t. It really is frightening that there could just possibly be other lifeforms out "there". The movie really makes you think about how much we don't know really know, how much is kept from us. I mean maybe it is a scam, but that is the point there is no right or wrong in believing because we the public have very little proof of aliens. I strongly suggest you walk in with an open mind, and give it a chance.
az89 on Sep 4, 2011
I dont know,,,,,,,, The footage was good but it was slow and anti climax at the end would have been nice to have the alien return and eat someone one earth or escape into the ocean or something.....hmmmmm was good for 30 min
Georgiemiko2 on Sep 4, 2011
Just saw it yesterday with my girlfriend, we both thought it sucked. I enjoyed (REC), Blair Witch, Paranormal Activity, and Cloverfield (didn't care for Quarantine), but this one was particularly bad. The only thing I could say that was good is that it looked like it was actual footage from the moon. They got the feel of outer space down. But the scariest part being rocks that attack you? Yeah, no good. Sounded like a good idea on paper. I also think the use of the astronauts as a bookend to the movie is too easy to try and make you feel bad for them. Just not good, I wouldn't recommend it for shlock factor either.
Mark on Sep 4, 2011
i didnt like it verrry boring story...zzz...
Jamie on Sep 4, 2011
What I found particularly funny was the trailer. One of the quotes was about the last 10 mins being amazing. All I thought was, "What about the other 95% of the movie?" Immediate red flag. Pretty much, the reason I stayed away from the movie.
That 1 Guy.... on Sep 5, 2011
This was a very chilling horror film that slowly builds to the end. The editing was superb, giving you flashes of the menace and letting your mind do the rest. I understand the terror that comes with hyperventilation and the realization that you're low on air. I don't really understand why so many bloggers pan the film. Perhaps they are confusing action/adventure with horror. There are no armed macho men to save the day in this one.
Nyarlath on Sep 16, 2011
I also don't get why folks didn't like this. I saw it in a new digital theater w/xclent sound so that may have helped--the compare and contrast cinematography and the layered (and not so found) sound design were involving by themselves and pulled me into the "mystery" of the alien life form--albeit, yes, marauding rocks might not be to everyone's taste. But I'm old enough to have been exposed to Algernon Blackwood's supernatural stories that create an atmosphere of horror and suspense from gradually revealed malevolent agents of nature: trees, unseen presences on camping trips gone horribly wrong etc. So I was sympathetic to that part of the set up. Plus for those old enough to be baby boomers who remember the original Apollo landings and followed them on TV this was also an amazing hit of nostalgia.
Sparky the Wonder Dog on Sep 17, 2011
It wasn't completely shit, I'll give them that.
Crapola on Sep 18, 2011
i think d movie's real.. @.@.... coz it looks like a real footage
Tabita Rebecca Corette on Jan 7, 2012
i'm not sure wether d film's a real footage or not, but i do know tht i'm really curious abt finding it out.. if d film uses d real footage, where did they even found those footages? n from d movie, d astronauts didn't make it 2 earth right? n they're d 1s tht have d footage.. wierd i felt pity 4 ben though
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The way it's marketed seems as if was a real footage (true story). We always want the truth on things we wonder about and don't know. I would just like to add that NASA, FBI, CIA, Bla bla bla..!! Should reveal all their secrets to the world and stop #@%$*&^ with our minds.
Drew100480 on Mar 29, 2012
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