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  • Actors: Roddy Piper, Jayne Heitmeyer, Billy Drago, Tyrone Benskin, Richard Raybourne
  • Directors: Peter Svatek
  • Writers: Mark Sevi
  • Producers: Danny Rossner, Mark Balsam, Murray Shostak
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Vintage Home Ent.
  • DVD Release Date: January 6, 2004
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000A02VU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #350,773 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Sci-Fighters" on IMDb

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On the Lunar Base 4 Correctional Facility, convict Adrian Dunn (Billy Drago) gets into an altercation with another prisoner over a cigarette. After Dunn kills him something bursts from the corpse's face, landing in a wound in Dunn's arm and apparently causing his deaht. The body is shipped back to his hometown of Boston for an autopsy. En route Dunn revives, breaks out of the spaceport, and wanders the city raping women at random and infecting them with a virus thatg causes the infected to breathe out methane. Black Shield cop Cameron Grayson (Roddy Piper) takes the case of tracking down Dunn, eventually leading to the discovery that the virus was bio-engineered by aliens to terraform our world into a suitable habitat for them. Grayson must stop both Dunn and the virus before the entire planet becomes the enw home for a domineering alien race.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 21, 2003
Format: DVD
If anyone is swayed by the almost funny title of "Sci-Fighters," then they are wrong in not seeing this film. Former WCW World Heavyweight Champion "Rowdy" Roddy Piper plays a very good part in Cameron, a part not unlike his character in "They Live", another cult favorite of mine.
This film is for anyone who likes futuristic adventures like "Screamers", "Blade Runner," or "RoboCop". It has some of the best visual effects in a film with the backgrounds and the fight scenes. Although you can see where they dubbed some of the foul language in the establishing scenes, it is a good film for the cult film arcives.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By EMAN NEP on January 1, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
My friend and I like to browse the video rental stores for movies that we think would be excellent targets to poke fun at.
Sci Fighters.
What a stupid name for a movie! We just had to try this one out.
Unfortunately for us this movie wasn't all that bad. The beginning was very weird, though. Prisoners are placed on the moon in a Lunar prison. The movie shows two prisoners standing at a table with power tools--apparently prisoners do labor of some sort--when suddenly they start attacking each other with saws. Prisoner A--Adriann Dunn (why does he have a girl's name?) kills prisoner B and then tries to make it look like an accident. Then, for some stupid, unknown reason he takes a screwdriver and stabs himself in the arm. But oh, apparently prisoner B isn't dead yet and some weird tentacle thing springs out and attacks Dunn's arm.
Watch out for this scene where the detective is asking this nurse where someone is. The nurse says "BEHIND you." But then the detective turns to his RIGHT, because that's where the guy is.
And I can't believe that it takes the good guys forever to realize that all it takes is a Bic lighter to destroy the methane-breathing menace. There are so many ways that they could have made this movie funnier.
"Mommy, that man has a potty mouth." or they could have tried to thwart the methane menace with air freshener. So many possibilities.
But like I say, the movie's not that bad. Worth a rental, no more.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert I. Hedges HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on December 29, 2010
Format: DVD
"Sci-Fighters" is a dark little morsel of post-apocalyptic Canadian sci-fi cheese. The movie begins in a prison on the moon where Adrian Dunn (career evildoer Billy Drago) gets the bad end of the deal in a circular saw fight (how long are those cords, anyway?) In the process he gets infected with an alien virus that his corpse brings back to Earth. The virus enables Dunn to come back to life, which results in no end of difficulty in Boston. Not that there aren't enough problems; after all in the "future" of 2009 (!) the Earth is enveloped in darkness 24 hours a day, a phenomena called "Econight." After an homage to "Alien" with a gratuitous "squids-from-the-torso" scene, it is revealed that Drago, an insane killer even before the death defying viral assault on his senses, is killing and infecting people. Worse, the virus is unknown and makes people start producing methane to "terraform" Earth, thereby ruining its atmosphere for current terrestrial life, but enabling a methane-breathing race of aliens to take over the planet.

The good guys are Detective Cameron Grayson (former wrestling champion "Rowdy" Roddy Piper) and Doctor Kirbie Younger (Jayne Heitmeyer,) a virologist assigned to the case. Piper, known for his wild antics and Scottish trappings in the ring is actually quite good in the film. Drago has fallen a few notches down the career ladder since his ultimately convincing performance as Frank Nitti in "The Untouchables," but he is still ultra-creepy here. The rest of the cast, and particularly Heitmeyer, are not up to the standards of Piper and Drago. The other problem is that the film is very plodding in places, and suffers from a worse than normal batch of plot contrivances that take forever to unfold and are wholly unbelievable. The worst example of this is in Grayson's past.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By becky robison on May 26, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Veteran character actor Billy Drago (Delta Force 2) gives one of his most frightening lead performances in "Sci-Fighters". He plays Adrian Dunn, a convict infected with an alien virus. His character has the usual psychotic behavior that Mr. Drago has perfected in past portrayals. But he also has a mutating virus that adds even more menace to his character. Roddy Piper (Jungleground) is good as the "regular guy" detective on Dunn's trail. Jane Heitmeyer (Face the Evil) plays the doctor trying to cure the virus and gets caught up in Dunn's sexual fantasies. The movie has a good storyline and acting, lots of action, special effects and wastes no time getting into the story. Though low-budget, it delivers more than most. This is a must have for Mr. Drago fans and those loving sci-fi.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Angela J. Thorpe on September 18, 2005
Format: DVD
I've seen hundreds of Sci Fi/Horror movies over the years. This is one of those you'll wonder whether you've watched it or not a few years down the road. You just can't remember.

All in all, I figure it's still better to watch a so-so Sci Fi/Horror movie than "Dances With Wolves" or "Evita". This movie will end up being non-memorable, but it's preferable to being in a coma.
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