BARE BONES: APOLLO 18 (2011)

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APOLLO 18 (2011)

Apollo 18 is a found footage horror with the interesting premise that there was a classified moon mission kept secret from the public…until now. The mission went horribly awry and we are supposedly seeing the actual footage from this secret 1974 moon launch.

Flick is directed by Gonzalo López-Gallego from a script by Brian Miller. The film does have some creepy sequences and the idea of a secret mission to the moon is intriguing, but sadly this film never delivers the scares and terror it sets out to. Even as our ill-fated astronauts realize that there is something very wrong with their top secret mission and they discover that they may not be the only ones there on the moon, the film fails to really generate the kind of tension it needs. There is a lot of screaming and things begin to become clear to us as to what is happening as the film enters it’s final act, but it never grabs us or involves us in the astronauts’ terror. Is it that we can pretty much figure out how this story will end? Is it that the lunar threat isn’t all that scary to us? Or is that the multiple cameras and camera media is too distracting to allow us to be drawn into the drama? Either way, the film fails as much as the mission it portrays. Too bad, it was a cool idea. Flick stars Warren Christie, Lloyd Owen and Ryan Robbins as the doomed astronauts.

-MonsterZero NJ

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