Final Destination 5 (New Line, Blu-ray or standard DVD, R, 92 min.). Probably the most entertaining movie in the series, which many had thought ended with the previous installment, the predicted disaster is a huge effects one this time — the collapse of a suspension bridge that is under repair. On the bridge at the time is a bus filled with 25 workers from the same company, Presage Paper (this is the first of many “in” references as presage is a warning that something, usually bad, is about to happen; references to other films in the series are found throughout).

Sam Lawton (Nicholas D’Agosto) is the passenger who has the foreshadowing dream and exits the bus with Molly (Emma Bell), his ex-girlfriend as of 20 minutes ago. Six others follow them. We see each of the eight die as the bridge is destroyed. Then, Sam awakens, leaves the bus along with the seven others, and all survive, while the other 17 die. At the mass funeral, Coroner Bludworth (horror icon Tony Todd) warns Sam: “Death doesn’t like to be cheated.” As in the other films, those spared from the disaster begin to die bizarre deaths in the same order as Sam saw them die in his premonition. One is a gymnast, and there are several clever feints before she meets her end. Another death takes place in a spa and one involves Lasik eye surgery (visual nod to “Clockwork Orange” included).

The film, which was shown in the theaters in 3D, ends with a montage of deaths from the previous four films, set to an AC/DC song. Extras include an interesting, detailed look at creating the bridge sequence, with the production dailies on the top half of the screen and the corresponding finished film on the bottom (there is a second, shorter one on the finale); 15:48 of alternate death scenes that are 96 percent the same); and a routine 5:39 promo feature that you do not want to watch before the film as it contains a major spoiler. If there are more “Final Destination” films, it would be good to have one go into detail on why this happens, why death feels it must reap those who escape and what Bludworth’s connection to everything is. The Blu-ray also comes with a standard DVD and an Ultraviolet digital copy. Grade: film 3 stars; extras 2 stars

Apollo 18 (Anchor Bay, Blu-ray or standard DVD, PG-13, 87 min.). In this cross between “The Blair Witch Project” and “Paranormal Activity,” the conceit is that there was a secret mission to the moon, Apollo 18, in 1974, even though in 1970, it was announced that the Apollo 18, 19 and 20 missions were being scrapped due to budget concerns. The astronauts are played by three TV veterans: Ryan Robbins (“Sanctuary”) is John Grey, who stays in the craft circling the moon; Warren Christie (“Alphas”) is Ben Anderson; and Lloyd Owen (“The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones”) is Nathan Walker, the mission commander. The latter two go to the moon’s surface, where they discover evidence of a secret Russian moon landing that turned into a disaster.

The story is presented through interview footage and mission footage, some 84 hours of uncovered classified footage (this is where the “Blair Witch” feel comes in). Some of the footage is from cameras that are turned on by detecting motion. It appears some on the rocks on the moon are moving, and then Nathan becomes infected by something and the U.S. mission starts turning into a disaster as well. That is when the film starts to get interesting. Before that, it is a bit of a slow ride, despite a couple of jolts.

DVD extras include audio commentary by director Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego and editor Patrick Lussier; 16 deleted scenes (20:27, including some Russian footage, larger attackers and a debriefing scene from an alternate ending; four alternate versions of astronaut Ben’s fate; and the Blu-ray version includes a standard DVD as well. Grade: film 2.5 stars; extras 2 stars

Rating guide: 5 stars = classic; 4 stars = excellent; 3 stars = good; 2 stars = fair; dog = skip it

Additional reviews are available online at and include “Hostel: Part III,” “Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings” and season one of Showtime’s “The Borgias.”