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Apollo 18 (2011)



Average Rating: 3.8/10
Reviews Counted: 70
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 53

A boring, suspense-free Paranormal Activity rip-off that feels long even at just 90 minutes.


Average Rating: 2/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 12

A boring, suspense-free Paranormal Activity rip-off that feels long even at just 90 minutes.



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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. -- (C) Official Site

Dec 27, 2011


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All Critics (72) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (17) | Rotten (53) | DVD (5)

It's 80 minutes of dead air.

September 6, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture | Comments (13)
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Boredom sets in long before the last muted shriek. And who cares about the astros? We never get to know them anyway.

September 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Comments (3)
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For most horror fans it will be kind of a snooze.

September 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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The source of the creepy events, when it's finally revealed, is profoundly dull, like a forgettable episode of The X-Files or Fringe.

September 4, 2011 Full Review Source: | Comments (2)
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The film takes a startlingly long time to rev up, and even at less than 90 minutes feels thin and at moments like it is playing for time.

September 3, 2011 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Accomplishes something the world wasn't really crying out for: it recreates the tedium of watching the later Apollo missions.

September 3, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The movie builds up to a mystery that it never does much to resolve, with its big set piece reveal consisting mostly of a couple of rocks moving.

June 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin

The 'found footage' horror movie Apollo 18 recycles the premise of The Blair Witch Project on the moon and still manages a few good scares.

March 1, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
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"The cheap frights don't deliver, the performers bring no pathos and the gimmick behind "Apollo 18″ flat out does not work."

January 9, 2013 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

It's impossible to recommend Apollo 18 to anyone but the most staunch found-footage fans. The film fails every requirement of a tense and enjoyable time at the theater.

October 2, 2012 Full Review Source: ScreenRant

"Apollo 18" is another dud in a genre that should have stopped before it got out of hand.

September 19, 2012 Full Review Source:

Feels like nothing more than an attempt to cash in on a trend, and it's a textbook example of how not to do that.

August 22, 2012 Full Review Source: CraveOnline

An astonishingly incompetent and interminable piece of work...

February 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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Apollo 18 is a mercilessly dull movie that just doesn't make much sense. It's light on thrills, and the found-footage gimmick works against the tension.

January 29, 2012 Full Review Source: IGN DVD

The REAL reason why we never built bases on the moon by 1999 . . .

January 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Sci-Fi Movie Page
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if you can push past the suspension of disbelief, it's a pretty eerie ride

January 6, 2012 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures | Comments (2)
7M Pictures

Movies with 'found footage' have become quite popular since the advent of 'The Blair Witch Project.' The authentic feel adds to the horror element as these movies unfold. (One great example is 'The Last Exorcism,' a sadly under-seen movie.)

December 22, 2011 Full Review Source: KWQC-TV (Iowa) | Comments (2)
KWQC-TV (Iowa)

An intriguing premise that never quite reaches liftoff.

November 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

There are a couple of moments here that are as marrow-freezing as anything in Blair Witch or Paranormal Activity.

October 4, 2011 Full Review Source: SFX Magazine
SFX Magazine

A simple sci-fi horror with just enough scares to keep you interested.

September 23, 2011 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

I can only assume this movie is for people who know virtually nothing about the space program.

September 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

Even as horror films go, this one is terrible indeed, lacking in the one element it would need to succeed on the most basic of terms: scares.

September 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

[A] zero-intensity space bore.

September 9, 2011 Full Review Source:

Apollo 18 has some nice ideas, some impressive effects work and a decent finale, but the first half is extremely dull and it's ultimately let down by frustrating sound design work, severe pacing problems and some incoherent editing.

September 9, 2011 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

Apollo 18 is an intriguing, if never enthralling, fusion of period space-flight procedural, conspiracy theory, and monster movie.

September 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

[It] really delivers a fun, tense experience.

September 9, 2011 Full Review Source: | Comments (4)

Audience Reviews for Apollo 18

During the final NASA mission to the moon, the astronauts find an abandoned Soviet lander and begin to suspect that they are not alone. It's very safe to say that I am not a fan of the "found footage" genre, but I am a fan of the old NASA space missions and the intriguing trailer tempted me to give Apollo 18 a try. Because of the nature of the way the space missions were documented the faux documentary style actually feels a lot more genuine than most examples and the visual effects recreating the classic 60s space technology design gives the film a nice feeling of authenticity. The problem with Apollo 18 is, unsurprisingly, that it is a found footage movie. This means that it is poorly paced, badly edited and has little characterisation or plot for that matter. Not to mention that the suspense is non-existent thanks to the fact that the film has about as much atmosphere as the moon does and the revelation of what is behind these mysterious events is just another lame horror movie cliche. It's a shame really because the idea of a lost Soviet moon mission is quite interesting but as it stands, if you've seen the trailer you've seen everything Apollo 18 has to offer.
June 30, 2014
xGary Xx

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"There's a reason we've never gone back to the moon."

Apollo 18 is as dull a "found footage" movie as I have ever seen, which is sad because the premise is one that could of brought about a lot of great originalities for the genre, but instead, this just chose to steal scenes from other movies. All in all, this ends up being nothing more than a prequel to a movie like Invasion of the Body Snatchers filmed like "found footage" with every scene ripping something off.

So the premise of the movie is this, although our government tells us they stopped sending astronauts to the moon after Apollo 17, in fact there was actually an Apollo 18 too. This movie is made up of the footage of that mission. It starts out like any other Apollo mission, but once on the moon things get weird and two astronauts are in a struggle with something they don't understand.

This movie is lazy, cliched, derivative, boring, dull, and just plain bad. There's nothing for any fan of horror or film in general to walk away with and that's when you know a movie has failed its audience. Everything is completely forgettable and in the end, even with a short runtime, the movie overstays its welcome. Pass on this one for sure.
October 5, 2013
Melvin White

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dreadful piece of trash, moon rocks are really aliens, do me a favour.
January 13, 2013

Super Reviewer

A great concept with a poor execution. Sadly, the makers ambition outweighs their talent here.
August 31, 2012
Graham Willis

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