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)