I'm trying to identify a Sci-Fi movie from I believe the 80's or 90's where a spaceship has to travel through a group of spaceships that belonged to cannibal people with bodies tied to their ships. They disguised their ship to look the same to travel through them to get to a planet to meet someone?

I had thought it started with an "S" but I think I was thinking of Serena (which isn't it). Any ideas?

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    It's not from the 80s/90s, but this sounds similar to Serenity.
    – Xantec
    May 18, 2018 at 12:27
  • @Xantec is correct I think, this is Serenity, but the timeframe is a lot earlier than that. The scene is when the ship is trying to pass through the Reaver fleet iirc
    – Alith
    May 18, 2018 at 12:31
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    That's totally it. When I first read the explanation of Serenity it did not sound like it because I had forgotten the other details (& obviously mistaken the timeframe). Thanks Guys!
    – Brent
    May 18, 2018 at 12:33
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    Sorry, just noticed all the correct answers in the comments here. Now I feel like I've stolen someone else's thunder. Sorry @Xantec
    – Jontia
    May 18, 2018 at 13:04
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    @Jontia Not to worry. Plenty of rep to go around :)
    – Xantec
    May 18, 2018 at 14:17

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This is Serenity (2005) the follow up film to the TV series Firefly (2002). In the scene you've remembered, the crew strap bodies to the ship to blend in with the Reaver fleet around Miranda.

The Reavers are cannibalistic space pirates. They're the background boogeyman in the series and come into prominence during the Serenity Film.

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The crew need to get through what is essentially a Reaver blockade and strap bodies to the ship, scuff it up and cover it with blood/red paint, in an attempt to disguise themselves enough to pass unnoticed.

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Up above, in the comments, @joshperry says:

Perhaps the reason you are thinking of the 80-90s timeframe is because this plot line is very similar to the first book from Piers Anthony's Bio of a Space Tyrant series; Refugee.

When I read the question, I immediately thought of that book. It was written with very vivid visuals, so I can definitely imagine it being mixed up with a movie.

Here is what happened in the book:

A bunch of refugees on a space ship. They had a ton of problems; at one point were boarded by pirates. The pirates killed all the men on the ship and raped all the women. The refugees put all their men outside the ship attached to a tow cable. After a while, the refugees were staving to death, and they slowly brought the bodies in tow back onto the ship and ate them.

While this does not precisely match details of the question, it matches to a certain extent the title question.

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