As the latest trailer for Gonzalo López-Gallego's found-footage-horror Apollo 18 opens, a title card reveals, "The following is the recovered footage from Apollo 18." Thus, it would seem to we astute audience members that there actually was a hitherto unknown 18th Apollo mission, and during that mission, some alien ghost spider things killed everyone. Seems pretty cut and dry, right? SO YOU'D THINK. But as it turns out, it's maybe not fact that alien ghost spiders got inside an astronaut's helmet and made him scream while another astronaut filmed it. From the LA Times (via):
...after initially touting "Apollo 18" as one of its upcoming fiction film collaborations, NASA -- which, for the record, says the last manned mission to the moon was Apollo 17 in 1972 -- has begun to back away from the movie.
"Apollo 18 is not a documentary," said Bert Ulrich, NASA's liaison for multimedia, film and television collaborations. "The film is a work of fiction, and we always knew that. We were minimally involved with this picture. We never even saw a rough cut. The idea of portraying the Apollo 18 mission as authentic is simply a marketing ploy. Perhaps a bit of a 'Blair Witch Project' strategy to generate hype."
Listen, I can't tell you who to believe--NASA scientists, or the producers of a film about alien ghost spiders crawling around inside space suits--but let me just remind you that NASA has a history of just this sort of suspect denial. Can we take a look at the case of astronaut Buzz Aldrin v. Fly Me to the Moon, that shoddy 3-D movie about CGI flies tagging along to the moon?
Let's go to the YouTube:
So no flies AND no alien spider things? Come on, NASA, we're not the health inspector. Just give it up and tell us what CGI bugs are on the moon already.