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'Apollo 18' Aims to Open Up an Alien Conspiracy... Is It Real or is It Fake?

A closer look at the new 'found footage' feature

Apollo 18

Have you heard of this upcoming movie called Apollo 18 from The Weinstein Co. and director Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego? It's a mockumentary feature produced by Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) that will be shot in the Paranormal Activity/The Last Exorcism found-footage style, purporting to depict lost recordings from Apollo 18's mysterious mission to our lunar friend where, suffice to say, something very, very bad happened to the crew.

My assumption is it's going to be sold to audiences much like The Fourth Kind was, as if it is 100% real as it does revolve around a very real conspiracy theory, which appears to revolve around the final Apollo mission, the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, a joint U.S. and Russian space effort. The movie appears to be referring to it as Apollo 18 and is suggesting cancelled Apollo missions 19 and 20 actually took place.

Additionally, the film promises to use archival footage from the missions that have been online for some time including the following video, said to be footage of Apollo 20 capturing video footage of an alien spaceship on the moon prior to its landing. The craft first appears in the video below around the 3:12 mark.

The image you see to the right, courtesy of NASA's Apollo 15 mission, is said to be the spaceship shown in sharper detail in the alleged Apollo 20 video above.

But wait! This, of course, isn't the end of the story. A man by the name of William Rutledge claims to have been an astronaut aboard Apollo 20 and on top of capturing the footage above says he went into the spaceship as well as found a "city" and a little something else.

Here is an excerpt from a 2007 interview with the man:

"We went inside the big spaceship, also into a triangular one. The major parts of the exploration was; it was a mother ship, very old, who crossed the universe at least milliard of years ago (1.5 estimated). There were many signs of biology inside, old remains of a vegetation in a "motor" section, special triangular rocks who emitted "tears" of a yellow liquid which has some special medical properties, and of course signs of extra solar creatures. We found remains of little bodies (10cm) living in a network of glass tubes all along the ship, but the major discovery was two bodies, one intact.

"The "City" was named on Earth and scheduled as station one, but it appeared to be a real space garbage, full of scrap, gold parts, only one construction seemed intact (we named it the Cathedral). We made shots of pieces of metal, of every part wearing calligraphy, exposed to the sun. The "City" seem to be as old as the ship, but it is a very tiny part. On the rover video, the telephotolens make the artifacts greater.

"Mona Lisa - I don't remember who named the girl, Leonov or me - was the intact EBE. Humanoid, female, 1.65 meter. Genitalized, haired, six fingers (we guess that mathematics are based on a dozen). Function; pilot, piloting device fixed to fingers and eyes, no clothes, we had to cut two cables connected to the nose. No nostril. Leonov unfixed the eyes device (you'll see that in the video). concretions of blood or bio liquid erupted and froze from the mouth, nose, eyes and some parts of the body. Some parts of the body were in unusual good condition, (hair) and the skin was protected by a thin transparent protection layer. As we told to mission control, condition seemed not dead not alive. We had no medical background or experience, but Leonov and I used a test, we fixed our bio equipment on the EBE, and telemetry received by surgeon (Mission Control meds) was positive. That's another story. Some parts could be unbelievable now, I prefer tell the whole story when other videos will be online. This experience has been filmed in the LM. We found a second body, destroyed, we brought the head on board. Color of the skin was blue gray, a pastel blue. Skin had some strange details above the eyes and the front, a strap around the head, wearing no inscription. The "cockpit" was full of calligraphy and formed of long semi hexagonal tubes. She is on Earth and she is not dead, but I prefer to post other videos before telling what happened after."

Okay, if you're paying attention to that last part you notice he referred to a "Mona Lisa" and called it a humanoid female. If you're curious what that's all about check out the following video supposedly from the same Apollo 20 mission:

Now I want to be clear, the videos you are seeing, from as far as I can tell, were first seen sometime in 2007 and the two I added here were added on YouTube in December 2008. They existed before the Weinstein Co. set up a deal to distribute Apollo 18 and from what I can gather they will be used to tell Apollo 18's fictionalized story.

Apollo 18 is billed as a sci-fi/thriller scripted by Brian Miller and actually began filming today, December 14, in Vancouver, British Columbia for a shoot set to run until January 13, 2011. The film will have a very short editing process as it is set to hit theaters on March 4.

To commemorate the start of principal photography the official site uploaded the following conspiratorial image which was sent to me via this link with an email message reading:

Please see this leaked classified doc that surfaced this week, before the US government tries to shut down the site again - http://apollo18movie.net/cosmonauts

Among the many issues that have gained attention in light of the recent Wikileaks scandal, this one has seemingly slipped through the cracks.

So while the film is obviously fake (and most likely both of the videos above), the conspiracy theory behind it may be a little bit of fun to dig into if you are interested. Harvey Weinstein was quoted when Weinstein Co. picked up the project saying, "Recently Timur Bekmambetov came to us with this never-before-seen footage, apparently of the Apollo 18 space mission, and, as filmmakers, we were absolutely compelled to bring it to the screen for audiences to judge for themselves."

Well... begin judging. I don't believe it for a second, but I do know one thing, Transformers: Dark of the Moon won't be the only moon conspiracy movie of 2011.

Photo: The Weinstein Co.
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