Today is September 2 which, for horror film fans, can only mean one thing: Apollo 18, a film dealing with the ‘real’ reason NASA stopped going to the Moon, hits theaters. For film fans, this day is the culmination of a long wait as, during the course of production, the film’s release date was pushed back several times due to production problems. Now, though, Apollo 18 is in theaters, but is there any grain of truth behind this film?
Short answer: no.
Thanks to the Internet, groundless conspiracy theories are presented as fact with ever-increasing frequency. Unfortunately, those not versed in the facts/history are quite prone to take such ideas at face value, which can lead to widespread public misunderstanding that would not even have been possible even a decade ago. Such is the case with Apollo 18.
So, what is the movie about?
According to the official Apollo 18 website, a secret Apollo mission was launched in December, 1973, a full year after the Apollo Program, so far as the public knew, came to a close. On the mission were two astronauts who were, unbeknownst to them, sent on what could have been termed as a suicide mission since, in the movie, mission planners knew that there was something terrible happening on the Moon. The film also asserts that a Russian cosmonaut was lost, too.
What is known is this: some kind of infection seems to take hold of at least one of the astronauts, who lashes out in violent rages at his fellow explorer in the tiny, claustrophobic lunar module. As for the root of the infection, that is unknown.
Oh, yes, there is also the poster, which shows an alien footprint right in front of an astronaut’s with the words ‘there’s a reason we’ve never gone back to the Moon.’ Obviously, while the infection is something scary enough to drum up attention for the film, producers surely kept tight lips about what seems to be the film’s real menace: hostile alien lifeforms, in an effort to pack theaters come release.
As for the film itself, the only reason to know what it is about is to go see it. The film is rated PG-13 and is just over an hour and a half long. If one is planning to see the movie, just remember that the film is fantasy and that the whole idea of a secret trip to the Moon is an impossibility.