‘Final Destination 5′ Shifts Dates; ‘Apollo 18′ Arriving In 2011

Published 4 years ago by , Updated June 1st, 2011 at 8:20 am,

Final Destination 5 and Apollo 18 get new release dates Final Destination 5 Shifts Dates; Apollo 18 Arriving In 2011

The horror sequel Final Destination 5 has been bumped up for theatrical release this summer two weeks earlier, with the sci-fi/horror flick Apollo 18 – which was originally supposed to reach theaters at the beginning of last month – taking its place.

As it stands, Final Destination 5 will now be released in theaters on August 12th and Apollo 18 is set to hit the scene two weeks later on August 26th.

Apollo 18 has clearly suffered from some behind-closed-doors issues for a while now. As mentioned before, the film was at one point scheduled to arrive this year on March 4th. It was thereafter delayed until April 22nd – and then the Weinstein Company just flat out set it on the back-burner by scheduling it for theatrical released on January 6th, 2012 (a.k.a. that time of the year when studios generally “dump” films they know are a bust).

This Timur Bekmambetov-produced flick has a very intriguing premise and even made it onto our Top 20 Anticipated 2011 Movies list – so what exactly is the problem? Early (unofficial) word is that the movie was rushed through post-production, and that the end result was sloppy enough to convince studio heads that significant re-editing and possibly re-shooting on the picture needed to be done. Hopefully, whatever needs to be fixed is… well, being fixed, so that we get the chilling “found footage” flick we’ve been wanting all along.

Final Destination 5, on the other hand, is kind of between a rock and a hard place. It can’t return to its August 26th release date (unless Apollo 18 changes dates again), but now it has to directly compete against Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark for the attention of horror fans. I don’t know about you, but the latter – a creepy monster pic co-written by Guillermo del Toro – sounds much more interesting than the fifth entry in an already tired horror franchise, which was penned by the screenwriter behind the Nightmare on Elm Street remake. But that might just be me (*cough*).

UPDATE: Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark is now slated for theatrical release on August 26th, 2011. Apollo 18 has been pushed back a few days and will now open against Shark Night 3D on September 2nd.

Which of these two horror flicks are you more excited to see: Final Destination 5 or Apollo 18?

Source: New Line/Warner Bros., The Weinstein Company (via Shock Till You Drop)

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  1. Apollo 18 could be interesting, but Final Desitination 5 will most likely be the same as the others. Actually, all of them are the same. Seen one, you’ve seen them all.

  2. Wait we still dont have a trailer or pic for final destination 5?

    • The poster for Final Des,5 should just be a big bright light,,,

  3. Yeah, I guess so. I enjoy seeing the new ways they come up with to kill people off. Part 2 was my favorite in that regard.

  4. There is some potential for a decent flick here in Apollo 18. Let’s hope they fixed any problems. You don’t get good results ever when you rush a project as big as a movie; only greed or stupidity makes a studio do that. I hope they came to their senses! I am cautiously hopeful….!

  5. Final Destination 5 by far will be the best, it has a new plot twist and i am sure Evan Haterz will like this installment since audiences to test screening went extremely well ! And producers said it was going to be really scary !! Can wait bring on FD5 !!

    • I’m glad I’m not u

  6. Apollo 18 sounds totally cool but this update tells me its prob a b-movie in terms of everything except premise.

    Too bad,,,

  7. Man, Final Destination 5 had better be something special because if it blows half as hard as the last film did, the series is sunk. It’s a little sad to have to write that, because the Final Destination films up until the last one each had their merits. The original was a nifty little bone cracker that came out of nowhere and recaptured that old school “who’s going to die next and how are they gonna get it” vibe that The Omen series once generated so well while concocting a spooky-cool conceit about Death wanting some payback for lost opportunities. I thought the immediate sequel not only tied into the first ingeniously, but that it actually had a better storyline. Heck, even the third film- though fairly repetitive and not quite up to par with the first two- was at least extremely energetic and kept my attention, with the gruesome being delivered exceptionally well.

    But The Final Destination? Ye Gods, what a mess. Not sure how a group of film makers managed to take the concept of death deliberately stalking people down according to a specific order and shuffling them loose from the mortal coil in a variety of spectacularly gruesome ways and render it almost insufferably boring, but damned if they didn’t pull it off.

  8. There’s a fundamental flaw in the premise of Apollo 18, which makes the whole “found footage” aspect ridiculous and a too difficult to accept.

    I wish they had just gone the “this is a science-fiction / horror film” route instead. The idea could have been VERY cool. Lay out the premise as being that the (2nd to) last astronauts on the moon found evidence, which was kept secret from the masses. Then follow this with the ill-fated (actual last) astronauts who go to the moon and suffer the attack of the alien buggies.

    I’m almost certain that the test audiences are ripping this flick to shreds over the whole “lost footage / secret moon launch” aspect of the story. Ergo, reshoots, delays, etc…

  9. I just hope for continuity sake they don’t show any stars from the lunar surface. As we all know from the nasa moon landing footage and those brillaint Time Life books, space up there is just black you can’t see any stars.

    What was the reasoning oh yeah are perception of stars is caused by our atmosphere.
    Lol thanks nasa.

    • sarcasm aimed at moon-landing-hoax aficionados?