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-->"There's a reason we've never gone back to the moon."

''TheBlairWitchProject'', on [[RecycledInSpace the moon]], featuring astronauts of the fictional 18th Apollo mission during the UsefulNotes/ColdWar. The story follows the last, top-secret Apollo mission to plant advanced listening devices on the moon, so as to detect missile launchers...but something else is discovered instead...

The story is told in the style of found-footage movies like ''Film/TheBlairWitchProject'' and ''Film/{{Cloverfield}}''. Not to be confused with the 1992 TheyMightBeGiants album of the same name. Also not a sequel to ''Film/{{Apollo 13}}'' (though [[GenreShift it would be pretty awesome if that were the case]]).
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!!Tropes featured include:

* ArtisticLicensePhysics: The astronauts are shown running across the lunar surface. For those unaware, running in low gravity is near impossible. It's best to hop along as shown in the genuine lunar landing footage. It's akin to running or walking in water.
** Also, the notion that devices located on the surface of the Moon would be of any practical use for detecting Earth-bound ICBM launches. Not only would the Moon be on the wrong side of the Earth to watch for them much of the time, but the distance would impose a needless time-lag for the detectors to notice a launch and report back to Earth about it. This one is justified, though: [[spoiler:the devices were never meant to do that, and the astronauts realize this when they take a moment to actually think about their mission.]]
*** Even if such devices ''could'' be made feasible, they'd need to be somewhere other than the poles, which never face Earth.
** Several shots show the Earth a short distance above the lunar horizon. At the lunar south pole, it should ''overlap'' the horizon.
* BloodyHandprint: A canister in [[spoiler: the Russian landing module]] has one on its side.
* BodyHorror: It's implied that ''something'' is infecting the astronauts...[[spoiler: something that resembles rocks. Which ''burrow'' their way under your skin.]]
* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler: The rock sample that ends up on the floor.]]
** [[spoiler: Also, the Soviet lander that the astronauts find.]]
* CoversAlwaysLie: The poster for the film depicts a three clawed footprint next to a human one. [[spoiler: The aliens are spider-like, and don't leave conventional footprints]].
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: All three astronauts die, and the government covers up their deaths so that no one will ever know the truth]]. Slightly subverted in that [[spoiler: by watching the footage, you now know what happened]].
* EnemyRisingBehind: [[spoiler:Are those rocks floating in the Soviet lander? Uh oh.]]
* FakeAmerican: All of them.
* [[FoundFootageFilms Found Footage Film]]: Which makes the existence of '''[[FridgeLogic end credits]]''' rather dubious.
* GoryDiscretionShot: Something gross is happening out there.
** There's also a scene where [[spoiler:Walker]] has a ''rock'' pulled from his open, pulsating wound. Thankfully, we aren't given a closeup of the procedure.
* GovernmentConspiracy: [[spoiler: Well, duh. The tagline refers to the idea that the governments know about the aliens, and don't want the public to become aware of them.]]
* HellIsThatNoise: The crew are disturbed by the sound of [[spoiler: something scuttling on the hull of the lunar lander..]]
* HeroicSacrifice: Walker insists on being left behind because he's infected, but Anderson won't consider it until the end.
* HopeSpot: [[spoiler: Anderson escapes the moon, and heads for pickup. Then the rocks float into view inside the shuttle...]]
* AHouseDivided: [[spoiler: After being injured by one of the aliens, Walker becomes increasingly hostile to the Anderson.]]
* InsectoidAliens: [[spoiler: The aliens are spider-like creatures who camouflage themselves as rocks]].
* JumpScare: Quite a few, especially when [[spoiler: the corpse of the cosmonaut is found]].
* KillEmAll
* LeaveTheCameraRunning: Largely subverted, as apparently the movie was edited from 82 hours of Found Footage. While the movie may feel much longer, it has few moments not specifically dedicated to the plot, possibly to its detriment.
* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: The three crew-members are all listed as having been killed in accidents at sea where their bodies could not be recovered.
* MissionControl: The NASA kind, and a few seconds of an unspecified Soviet counterpart.
* MissionControlIsOffItsMeds: Type 1.
* NothingIsScarier
* NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer: The movie opens with one of these.
* NotScreenedForCritics
* OhCrap: Ben when he sees [[spoiler: the rocks/aliens float up as he enters orbit in the Russian shuttle]].
* PuppeteerParasite: [[spoiler: How this movie's aliens appear to work.]]
* RedEyesTakeWarning: [[spoiler: One of the symptoms of the parasite infection is a red ring around the host's irises.]]
* {{Retraux}}
* SadisticChoice: At the end of the movie, Grey has to choose between [[spoiler: saving the life of Anderson, his only surviving crew-member who might be infected with an alien parasite, or obeying the secretary of defense, who orders him not to, under threat of not being allowed to return to earth. Subverted in that both crewmen are killed]].
* ShownTheirWork: Despite the story itself being implausible, the filmmakers did get a lot of details about the Apollo program right, from hardware to terminology. Meant of course to add to invoke WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief
** Bonus points for including the Soviet LK lunar lander. The actual Soviet moonshot vehicle, the N1, was kept top secret until after the end of the Cold War, and even today not a lot of people know about it.
*** Also clever: since the N1 is a historic failure, the 1970s Americans call the Soviet lander "LK-Proton", implying it was launched on the Proton rocket (the same year, a Proton rocket carried Luna 22, the last successful Soviet Lunar orbiter, to its destination).
* SpaceIsCold: Actually justified for once. The crater investigated by the astronauts has never received direct sunlight.
* SpaceIsNoisy
* TenSecondFlashlight: Walker uses his camera flash to explore the pitch dark crater.
* TroubledProduction: The release date was changed five times.
* UnwittingPawn: It turns out that [[spoiler: the government suspected there were aliens on the moon; they just needed to confirm it, which was the purpose of the whole mission. Needless to say, none of the astronauts were told about this.]]
* UrbanLegends: [[spoiler: The movie is based on the premise that the stories of Lost Soviet cosmonauts are true--and that the U.S. government was not only aware of it, but actively involved in the failed mission.]]
* ViralMarketing: Starting with an alleged moon program conspiracy blog entitled [[http://lunartruth.com/ LunarTruth]]. [[spoiler: It's even featured at the end of the film.]]

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