13. Apollo 18
Director: Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego
Stars: Warren Christie, Lloyd Owen, Ryan Robbins
We’re not about to write off horror’s found-footage subgenre just yet, but Apollo 18 sure as hell made us consider doing so. Taking the overused format and sending it into outer space, Apollo 18 actually hinges on one of the coolest set-ups for the single-camera approach: Twenty-nine-year-old, unearthed footage of a mysteriously forgotten NASA mission to the moon is shown, no questions asked. Naturally, the whole ordeal will devolve into an Alien rip-off, but at least there’s potential for innovative, in-your-face scares.
Well, any such hopes are slowly, boringly diminished as Apollo 18 drifts through its monotonous plot with a pair of uninteresting leads and nonexistent tension. And just when director Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego’s painful trudge feels like it’s about to deliver some extra-terrestrial frights, the moon’s evil creatures are revealed to be little space rocks that sprout legs. We’ve got a moon for you, Mr. Lopez-Gallego, but it’s of the no-pants, underwear-draped-down variety.