‘Apollo 18′ Trailer #3 Gives Too Much Away

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apollo 18 trailer 3 Apollo 18 Trailer #3 Gives Too Much Away

The marketing campaign for Apollo 18 has been kind of a mixed bag. Many people have expressed their disappointment in the first theatrical preview, which appeared to give away some of the film’s more significant secrets. By comparison, the second Apollo 18 trailer and later TV spots did a better job of teasing the spooky “found footage” flick’s various twists and turns, without revealing too many details.

So, how does the third Apollo 18 theatrical preview fare, by comparison?

Those who thought the second Apollo 18 trailer had too many fake horror documentary clichés and jump scares should appreciate this latest preview, which is comparatively more subtle and atmospheric in design. However, it also gives away a whole lot more information than you may care in know in advance.

Here is the studio synopsis for Apollo 18:

Officially, Apollo 17, launched December 17th, 1972 was the last manned mission to the moon. But in December of 1974, 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.

Check out the third Apollo 18 trailer (and remember, it does contain some SPOILERS) below:

Props to the Apollo 18 marketing team for going the Cloverfield route and not revealing the monster (or, in this case, sinister extra-terrestrial) in advance. It also stands to reason that the logic behind revealing so much about what eventually happens to one of the space explorers in the film is because there are much bigger plot twists in store – possibly, concerning where exactly the mysterious alien life form in Apollo 18 comes from and why NASA sent two of its astronauts back to the moon, fully aware of the potential dangers that awaited them.

Sadly, there are numerous signs that indicate Apollo 18 is kind of a bust. There’s the constant shifting back and forth of its release date (never a good sign); the rumors about extensive re-editing being done in order to salvage the film; and, lastly, the Weinstein Company’s decision to release the project during the last weekend of the summer movie season, with Shark Night 3D being the only “significant” competition. All in all, that doesn’t inspire a whole lot of confidence.

We’ll find out if this latest Apollo 18 trailer is a last-ditch effort to attract interest in the film by giving away some of its important secrets for free – or if it’s actually just a taste of better things to come – when the film opens wide in the U.S. this week on September 2nd.

Source: The Weinstein Company

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  1. Dont get me wrong im excited as he’ll for this but they’ve shown ALOT

  2. I’m not super excited to see this, but I’m a big fan of found footage, first person films. So will see how the reviews are and I might go see it.

    • So you’d rather wait for the reviews of cynical reviewers than see the film and form your own opinion?

      • Gary,

        Yes, maybe he would. Maybe he wants to see what others think before he drops $8 or more on a movie.

        You, on the other hand, are free to do whatever you please. For now, people are still allowed to review movies and people are still allowed to read them – although I’m sure you’d love to see some law passed where no one was allowed to review movies. Except for you, of course.


        • Or he can go to the movies around 4:00 and spend like 5 dollars…on the film.

  3. I think this looks great,i have high hopes for it.

  4. movies t 4 lozers

  5. can you spell xmen

  6. “Blair Witch Project” in space?

  7. They’ve shown way too much key footage for this. Im pretty sure I could piece together the whole movie by just watching all the released footage but I’ve tried not to watch or concentrate on the trailers. Still though, the only way im buying tickets for this is if screenrant tells me the ending is so epic and insanely awesome/shocking with a twist that no one saw coming. If not, then this is definitely a rental.

  8. It’s too bad that the production company didn’t take the extra effort to use the air bladders that are supposed to be used with these space suits. The air bladders ‘inflate’ the space suits to give them the real look when they are pressureized (any time they are outside of the space craft). Notice the baggy look of the space suits when they are outside of the space craft. It is obvious to space buffs that this is not ‘found footage’ but an example of a costume designer who didn’t do things the right way. The same space suits can be seen in Immaculate Desolation (IMAX) looking the way they should. It’s too bad for this film that such a simple thing was over-looked. It could have looked very authentic.

    • Good point, Yessur. It’s a small thing, but if I remember rightly not even the Apollo 13 movie got that right in the brief sequence where Tom Hanks imagines himself on the moon. Wouldn’t be difficult to fit something rigid under the fabric, or inflatable bladders, like you say. The Apollo astronauts all mentioned the basic mobility problems once the suit had been pressurised, and that was one of the reasons (along with the low gravity) for the “bunny hop” they developed to move around on the lunar surface.

      • Those space suit costumes already have inflatable bladders to create the proper look. The costumes can be used without the bladders (which is correct for when they are inside the space craft) but should have been used when they left the Lunar Lander. Somewhere in the process someone didn’t bother to do their job right, either the costumers or the costume rental house. Sad really.

  9. I don’t see any reviews on RT. Not looking good. The movie comes out tomorrow and if there are no reviews before the official release date, that usually denotes a bad film.