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I kinda don’t get why this ‘Apollo 18’ poster is supposed to be so cool…

You may have heard about the sci-fi flick Apollo 18, opening this spring. It’s a faux-found-footage fake documentary about the “actual” final Apollo mission — which ended at No. 17, as far as the world knows — that NASA covered up because the astronauts found something terrifying and/or weird, and this is why we haven’t been back to the moon since.

It’s produced by Wanted director Timur Bekmambetov, and I’m sure it’ll be neato and all, but I’m not really feeling it from the just-released poster:

It took me a few minutes to realize that that’s supposed to be some sort of footprint up and to the left from the iconic astronaut footprint… and then it just seemed weird. Did Bigfoot get to the moon before us? Are Bigfoots from the moon? I mean, yes, the idea of somebody else’s footprints on the moon is a little ooky. But I would have expected maybe a footprint that looked like some sort of boot but was clearly alien. Don’t ask me how: that’s what designers are for.

Am I alone in being totally underwhelmed by this poster?

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