Excerpt: If there’s one thing Hollywood knows how to do, it’s beat a novel concept into the ground so hard and for so long that any appreciation it once had is almost totally forgotten. A perfect example is the headache-inducing 3-D craze, but almost equally as wrung dry is the “found footage” genre.
Excerpt: With the success of movies like “Paranormal Activity” there were bound to be knock offs. Granted, this movie is the exception to the rule, but in concept and theory it’s so simple. The movie could essentially be made with a home video camera, no name actors and hardly any production costs. Boom. There ya go – $100 million at the box office. Of course every aspiring filmmaker with a handycam (or, these days, a phone) is no doubt trying to make the next great movie.
Conclusion: Apollo 18 may not be the most memorable film around, but it’s good for a one-time watch. The Blu-ray presentation is average at best, but has some nifty special features to entertain the viewer.
Excerpt: Alien space rocks are on the moon. Right now. Maybe they’ve even evolved since the 18th Apollo mission and they’re checking us out with little mini telescopes. Creepy. Well, creepier than this movie at least. No one is probably going to deny the existence of this flick is a direct result of those exploitative, cheap, and senseless Paranormal Activity duds.
Summary: Some things should remain lost. The only thing this film is good for is to feed the conspiracy nuts who believe that all of the moon landings were faked. I can see some of them now banding together crying, “I knew it” at the tops of their little lungs. There just isn’t anything else here to about the film except, “No one’s ever going to see it.
Excerpt: Space… what a weird place to set a horror film. Ha! Okay, obviously I jest. I mean, you should know I consider Alien to be only one of the finest horror films ever crafted. Perhaps what I meant to say is “ An Apollo spacecraft – what a weird place to create a found footage horror film in and around ”. Isn’t it just bizarre? I mean really, think on it for a minute.
Excerpt: Jason went there. So did the Leprechaun. Heck, even Pinhead's been there—and that guy lives in the bowels of hell! I'm talking, of course, about beyond the stars and into the vast reaches of outer space. The great cosmos has hosted some of earth's biggest beasties and sometimes lends itself to terror beyond your wildest imagination. Although Apollo 18 , now available on Blu-ray care of Anchor Bay, isn't one of those times.
Conclusion: Serving the director's introduction to English-speaking audiences, Spanish filmmaker Gonzalo López-Gallego's 'Apollo 18' is essentially an intriguing attempt at history revisionism in the vein of the found-footage horror subgenre. While three-quarters of the movie makes for a decent spook-fest, the movie fails at offering a satisfying conclusion but makes a better impression on the production and visual design.
Summary: Nobody knows about us. There's something to be said for the sheer entertainment value of real revisionist history, and not just the "spin" that's so prevalent in modern media. Revisionist history allows the imagination to run absolutely wild in the pursuit of the ultimate game of "what if.