‘Apollo 18′ Trailer #2 Proves That Less Is More

Published 4 years ago by , Updated March 15th, 2013 at 12:58 pm,

Apollo 18 movie trailer Apollo 18 Trailer #2 Proves That Less Is More

The Timur Bekmambetov-produced “found footage” flick Apollo 18 originally made in onto our Top 20 Most Anticipated Movies of 2011 list, in large part due to its intriguing premise: That NASA has spent years covering up a secret mission to the moon, for mysterious and sinister reasons.

However, excitement for the project began to deflate upon the release of an Apollo 18 teaser trailer that most everyone agreed revealed far too much about the plot twists and turns in the sci-fi/horror film. Since then, the awkward release date shuffling – and unofficial word about Apollo 18 being drastically re-edited in an attempt to salvage the project – has suggested the final product may be kind of a mess.

Now a second theatrical trailer has at last been unveiled for Apollo 18 – and, thankfully, it’s much more clandestine and effective in design. In essence, this new preview amounts to the provocative sneak peek that the actual Apollo 18 teaser trailer should have been.

Here is the official synopsis for Apollo 18:

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.

Find out more by watching the second Apollo 18 trailer (via Yahoo! Movies) below:


On the technical side of things, the visual and audial quality of the Apollo 18 footage strikes the right note – it legitimately looks and sounds like stock footage captured back in the 1970s. Moviegoers who were left feeling seasick due to the often disorienting “amateur” cinematography (re: intentional excessive shaky cam) of previous “found footage” monster horror films like The Blair Witch Project or Cloverfield should be pleased to note that Apollo 18 doesn’t appear to have too much of that.

Whether or not Apollo 18 will have its fair share of scares, though, is a matter that remains to be settled. While this second trailer certainly does more to pique interest and make you wonder what exactly is happening to the film’s two American astronauts, the preview itself isn’t all that creepy and lacks the unsettling atmosphere of trailers for other spooky pics – like those for this year’s Insidious or the upcoming Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark remake.

Both Apollo 18 and another PG-13 Rated horror flick, Shark Night 3D, are scheduled to hit theaters at the end of this year’s summer movie season; that alone suggests that studio heads aren’t exactly confident about the box office potential of either title.

We’ll find out for certain when Apollo 18 arrives in U.S. theaters on September 2nd, 2011.

Source: Yahoo! Movies

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  1. watching the trailer kind of gives me the same feeling when i first watched the paranormal activity trailer

  2. I’d like to know exactly how you keep the launch of Saturn V rocket—the largest, loudest rocket ever built—a “secret.”

    Should’ve just made the movie about a cosmonaut moon landing. A secret Soviet mission is more plausible… since they were more… ahem, secretive.

    • I think a Russian setting, un-dubbed, would make it creepier. The Ruskies are always up to no good.

  3. Much better trailer anyway…

  4. I WAS looking forward to this flick… a lot, actually.
    Then the first dreadful trailer came out. And meantime, I got to see (finally) Paranormal Activity. I know, not the same people involved. But PA ticked me off no end, and all I see here is BS, MS, PhD. (for those in the dark, that’s bullsh**, more of the same, piled higher and deeper)

    I’m going to be the eternal optimist and keep my fingers crossed that this is either a good rental, or even a cheapy-bin purchase.

  5. Not to be a fanatic. But i do in fact believe the reason we were given for never going back to be suspicious. And the strange fact that of 19000 photos taken of the lunar surface only 250 were released. The rest are classified? And the reasoning for launching that missile at the moon a while ago sounded kind of bogus. Retarded actually. Let me tell you. NASA is no dummy. But they think everyone else is…

    Now, having said that. This movie looks dead on arrival. The first reason is because they flinched too early moving out of the May spot. Then they accidentally showed their hand when they moved this thing to January 2012(the movie dead zone). Then they tried to save face and moved back to August… I’m not buying it. Whatever is wrong with this movie really bothered the producers, as a matter of fact the feeling i got was panic.

    You can expect this to be mildly better than some expect but worse than those hoping for the moon so to speak.

    14 million

    38 million

    • Where are you getting that 19000 – 250 figure from, Dan?

  6. Looks interesting. Also, it looks better then Transformers 3.

    Like they say, “less is more”. :D

  7. I don’t really want big scares or lovecraftian horrors from this. I want the characters to be good. I want to like them and not want them to die. I want to dread the inevitable moment the lovecraftian monster kills them in a big scare. If this movie can do that, it’ll be great in my eyes.

    • I’d like really big scares, or a lovecraftian horror. I want this not to have been written and filmed by an epileptic idiot with a word processor and a hand-held video camera.

  8. This trailor looked OK…. and then they had to have the uber-stereotypical-person-being-draged-into-the-dark-by-unknown-creature shot that has become nonscary to the point of laughable. It’s a shot that should be banned from horror from here on out.

  9. I’ve purposely stayed away from all exposure to this title till now and I agree the premise looks intriguing. I also wonder how you hide a Saturn V launch. Maybe if the military launched the thing at night from one of their secret launch pads, just announced it as one of their many other booster test launches. Then by the time it would be noticed by Americans, it would be high enough to be hard to tell what it was. Probably impossible though. Maybe the movie will claim it was launched on the Fourth of July! Lots of people look at the sky that night but theirs also lots of lights in the sky that night to look at…

    • The summary claims the moon mission itself was secret, but perhaps that could be taken to mean that the Saturn V launch itself wasn’t. Maybe the rocket was launched under false pretenses. This was the explanation I came up with when scratching my head about how such a launch could be secret.

      • Well, Saturn V launches were massive, noisy, spectacular things, visible for…hundreds of miles. Virtually impossible to hide, or pass off as a smaller rocket. A “remote location” won’t work easily because they required a massive infrastructure (and many thousands of personnel) to assemble and launch, and how would you manage that? How would you keep it secret for so many years with so many people involved in the mission? At any rate, the last Saturn V launched was the one used to put up Skylab in the spring of 1973…and all the unused Saturns are accounted for.

        This might be enjoyable, but the “found footage” conceit will require some serious suspension of disbelief.

  10. We have never been to the moon, neither I nor you went there to prove it, then this film may be only a comedy and I’ll laugh when it comes out.

    • Would you say the same thing about the concentration camps of WWII? Neither I nor, I’ll warrant, you went there to prove it.

      “I force myself to laugh at everything, for fear of being compelled to weep.”