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Apollo 18 (2011)


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

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

Average Rating: 2/10
Reviews Counted: 12
Fresh: 0
Rotten: 12

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


Average Rating: 2.4/5
User Ratings: 41,990



Movie Info

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

Science Fiction & Fantasy , Horror
Directed By:
Written By:
Brian Miller (XXI) , Cory Goodman
In Theaters:
Dec 27, 2011
Box Office:
The Weinstein Company - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Apollo 18

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

It's 80 minutes of dead air.

Full Review… | September 6, 2011
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Boredom sets in long before the last muted shriek. And who cares about the astros? We never get to know them anyway.

Full Review… | September 5, 2011
Toronto Star
Top Critic

For most horror fans it will be kind of a snooze.

Full Review… | September 5, 2011
Boston Globe
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | September 4, 2011
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 3, 2011
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Accomplishes something the world wasn't really crying out for: it recreates the tedium of watching the later Apollo missions.

Full Review… | September 3, 2011
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 22, 2013

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.

Full Review… | March 1, 2013
We Got This Covered

"The cheap frights don't deliver, the performers bring no pathos and the gimmick behind "Apollo 18″ flat out does not work."

Full Review… | January 9, 2013
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.

Full Review… | October 2, 2012

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

Full Review… | September 19, 2012

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.

Full Review… | August 22, 2012

An astonishingly incompetent and interminable piece of work...

Full Review… | February 3, 2012
Reel Film Reviews

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.

Full Review… | January 29, 2012

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

Full Review… | January 13, 2012
Sci-Fi Movie Page

if you can push past the suspension of disbelief, it's a pretty eerie ride

Full Review… | January 6, 2012
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.)

Full Review… | December 22, 2011
KWQC-TV (Iowa)

An intriguing premise that never quite reaches liftoff.

Full Review… | November 8, 2011
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

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

Full Review… | October 4, 2011
SFX Magazine

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

Full Review… | September 23, 2011
Empire Magazine

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

Full Review… | September 9, 2011
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.

Full Review… | September 9, 2011
Boston Herald

[A] zero-intensity space bore.

Full Review… | September 9, 2011

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.

Full Review… | September 9, 2011

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

Full Review… | September 9, 2011
Austin Chronicle

[It] really delivers a fun, tense experience.

Full Review… | September 9, 2011

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.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

"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.

Melvin White

Super Reviewer

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

Stuart Brooks

Super Reviewer


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

Graham Willis
Graham Willis

Super Reviewer

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