'Apollo 18': What the Critics Are Saying
One calls the film’s form and content "clichéd," while another says it’s a "nicely efficient slice of horror."
In a rare move, Dimension Films’ did not offer critics any preview screenings of their outerspace thriller, Apollo 18. So the reviews trickled in on Friday, September 2. And they were, overall, not good.
The horror thriller, which is in faux-documentary style, relies on a premise that the Apollo 18 mission actually did go to the moon, but never returned.
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“Not only is this film’s form clichéd, so is its content,” wrote The Hollywood Reporter’s Frank Scheck.
“The film’s few scares don’t come from anything truly creepy or imaginative but instead from jarring cuts and loud sound effects,” he writes, calling the “found footage” horror movie drama a “tired trend.”
“I am flustered by how awful Apollo 18 is,” wrote HitFix’s Drew McWeeny, also saying that the film “is that special kind of awful where it's not fun because it's too boring, it's not scary because it's too stupid, and it's not funny because it's too sincere.”
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“I just feel bad for the guys playing the astronauts,” he wrote. “They do their best to sell the fear, but they know how ridiculous this is.”
Joe Neumaier of the New York Daily News writes that the film “has no thrills, no chills, no scares and contains a villain, or several of them, actually, that will turn you to stone -- from boredom.”
“The ‘found footage’ gimmick is overplayed, but all in all director Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego generates a nicely efficient slice of horror,” wrote E! Online’s L. Thompson.
“Suffice it to say that the suspense works, and the obligatory sequel hook genuinely intrigues us with its possibilities rather than merely threatening a retread,” Thompson also wrote.