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Sci Fighters

2.8 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

An explosive sci-fi thriller in the tradition of "Predator," "Alien" and "Blade Runner." In the bleak, not-too-distant future, renegade Boston cop Cameron Grayson (Roddy Piper) must track down a brutal rapist who is infecting his victims with a lethal retrovirus. Grayson must overthrow his deadly nemesis in order to save the city--and perhaps the entire world. Jayne Heitmeyer, Tyrone Benskin, Richard Raybourne, Donna Sarrasin, Billy Drago, Roddy Piper.

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Product Details

  • 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, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 18, 1999
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000ILF3
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #274,369 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Sci Fighters" on IMDb

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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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"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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The picture quality was good, no closed captioning & the special effects were ok too. Another let down was the backstory on the criminal who infected Adrian Dunn (Billy Drago), like how he ended up in jail & more importantly, how he was infected too.
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Great sci-fi B-movie with lots of atmosphere and a great look about it. Very much in the blade runner (on a budget) vein in terms of style. The outdoors atmosphere has a kind of yellow dusty glow about it and is very cool. Roddy is great as the hard-nosed sci-fi cop ala Harrison Ford. Loved it!
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Sci-fighters (1996) is a low-budget Sci-fi that doesn't go anywhere. It borrows heavily from Blade Runner (1982), Runaway (1984), The Hidden (1987), and I Come in Peace (1990). It has a nice feeling to it with the low-budget attempts at a futuristic world, but the problem is the horrible acting of Roddy Piper and a baffling performance by Billy Drago.

Roddy Piper was okay in John Carpenter's They Live (1988) but he is just unlikeable here. Billy Drago is like a drug addict here, messy and annoying. In The Untouchables (1987) he was fine, but he is a weak bad guy here, invaded by a parasite and stumbles along. Neither Roddy Piper or Billy Drago can carry a film, even a low-budget Sci-fi one.

The plot is ludicrous as well.

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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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