New ‘Apollo 18′ Viral Site & ‘Scream 4′ Official Site

Published 3 years ago by , Updated October 30th, 2012 at 7:51 am,

Scream 4 Apollo 18 Viral Websites New Apollo 18 Viral Site & Scream 4 Official Site

Two horror movie thrillers are launching new websites designed to give moviegoers the right kind of goosebumps that will get them into the theater on opening day.

The found-footage sci-fi/thriller Apollo 18 has launched a new viral site, while Ghostface invades the Web via the official Scream 4 website.

Like most found-footage movies that purport to have documented the strange phenomena of real-life, Apollo 18 is playing up its “authentic” nature with a viral site called “Cerberus Station 9″. There are secret government files galore for you conspiracy theorists to decipher – files that will surely reveal more about the absolutely real secret 18th Apollo mission NASA executed back in the ’70s (irony alert). Like any good viral site the secret files are time locked, so you’ll have to keep on coming back to the site week after week if you want to know more, up to the April 22nd release of Apollo 18.

The flick is being released by Dimension Films, and head honcho Harvey Weinstein is playing up the “authentic” angle to the fullest, as evidenced by his interview with Entertainment Weekly:

“People intrinsically know there are secrets being held from us…Look at WikiLeaks: There are secrets that are really true to the world. It’s not bogus.”

He went on to address the silly assertions that this is somehow a fictional movie:

“We didn’t shoot anything…We found it. Found baby!”

Gotta love Harvey. Anyway, below you’ll find an image of the first clue from Cerberus Station 9 – see what (if anything) you can glean from it:

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As stated, Apollo 18 hits theaters on April 22, 2011. Check back each week with Cerberus Station 9 for the next clue, or, just re-visit this post… (Something tells me the Screen Rant team is hard at work digging up the rest of those secret files ;-). Stay tuned.)

Scream 4

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Ghostface is back and is now going digital with the Scream 4 Official Website. The site itself is pretty standard, featuring the usual incitements of a hi-res version of the Scream 4 full trailer, info about the movie and its cast, downloads like wallpapers and buddy icons, and media like still images and video clips.

The only really standout feature of the site is the “Victims” section, which allows connect your Facebook account to the site. Profile pictures of the people who connect through Facebook appear on the wall of the victims page as “suspects” in the Ghostface killings; when your icon goes red, it means you are the latest “victim” of Ghostface’s rampage – but hey, at least you’re no longer a suspect, right?

Scream 4 will be in theaters on April 15.

Apollo 18 will be in theaters on April 22nd.

Source: Cerberus Station 9,  Scream 4 Official Website & Entertainment Weekly

TAGS: apollo 18, scream 4

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  1. The whole “found footage” angle is completely lost on me. I know it’s horsepucky, so in that sense, trying to make it sound like somehow “ooooooo this is scary… it’s REAL!” just doesn’t sell the film to me.

    As a gimmick, it worked for Cloverfield, where at least they didn’t have the audacity to try and pass it off as “real”. It worked rather well, in my opinion actually, for Cloverfield. I found the experience that much more immersive.

    But I wasn’t being told that it was REALLY found somewhere.

    Every time I see a promo for this film, all I can picture now are all those conspiracy theorists living in their mothers’ basements who will argue endlessly on the internet about how the moon landing was faked.

    But that’s me. I know I like most movies, but the approach the film makers took to MAKING this film smacks of laziness, in my opinion.

    The story is VERY intriguing. Imagine if they had actually spent time and energy on making it the “classic” way? Without the epileptic camera work that will inevitably come from the “found footage” gimmick. Without the inevitable camera pulling away off to the side onto something completely uninteresting JUST as something that WAS interesting happens.

    Go ahead Vic, call me a movie snob, but I think that this approach to making a movie is pure laziness on the part of the film makers.

    I just happen to believe they could have given this film a “rough” look and still not gone the found footage route.

    But I will be fair. Maybe the film makers will NOT take this route. Or may take it only briefly?

    I just can’t help but think back to “The Fourth Kind” and all the bullsh** those film makers tried to pull with the “based on real events” approach and trying to make audiences believe that actual footage from those supposed real events was used within the film.

    • Mike E.,

      LOL – dude, I know we butt heads from time to time but I’m not out to get you, I swear. I actually read on io9.com that the producers are claiming this is actually TRUE and I thought “What? Are you KIDDING me?”

      Having said that, I don’t mind the “found footage” format in general, although it does have its problems (the fact that its been edited, for one).

      Vic

    • I loved “Capricorn One” back in the day which had the whole faked space program subtext. Looking forward to “Apollo 19″.

    • Completely agree. “The Fourth Kind” was extra stupid for that very reason. It actually made me mad, mostly because it meant that I had to waste time explaining to credulous people that its nonsense. Not only is there the problem that people are already stupid enough, but it’s harder to suspend disbelief and enjoy a movie, when the way they try and get you to do it is by forcing you to approach it as a real investigation. So instead of suspending reason and enjoying the film, you spend the whole movie thinking about the holes in the story and getting mad at the movie for annoying you this a split screen.

      Its not just bad film making, sometimes it works, Like Cloverfield and Paranormal Activity, but when they push too hard it ruins the film.

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