When I was a kid, during the mid 90's, I once watched the first minutes of a sci-fi movie that scared me quite a bit back then.

From what I recall the movie was about a small group of people piloting a spaceship as they were returning to Earth after some kind of mission.

As they were somewhere between Mars and Jupiter they encountered a huge abandoned ship moving towards them. With an extreme manoeuvre the crew managed to avoid the drifting ship that soon changed its direction, hitting the small ship with its front spikes.

The ship was composed of 4-5 square blocks and it had long, narrow spikes on the front, something like this:

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    Aside from the spikes and the number of modules, that looks like the ship from 2001: A Space Odyssey. – Wad Cheber stands with Monica Jun 16 '15 at 21:27
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    Discovery in 2001 had a large sphere at the front and a somewhat wedge-shaped engine module at the rear. Other than aspect ratio they are not very similar. – Organic Marble Jun 16 '15 at 23:45
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    @OrganicMarble - that's why I said aside from the spikes - in 2001, there were no spikes, only a big ball. And I kind of didn't care enough to bother explaining myself more fully. The drawing looks like the middle section of the ship from 2001 is the basic point. – Wad Cheber stands with Monica Jun 17 '15 at 0:44
  • Did you try finding it on this starship comparison chart? – Gerald Schneider Jun 17 '15 at 11:11

I am almost positive that the movie you're talking about it is Project Shadowchaser III

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  • So you found the movie you were looking for, then? – Adamant Aug 9 '16 at 16:34
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    I didn't create this post but I was looking for the movie as well and this was the only post I could find with as many clues as I needed to finish looking. Finding this is finding the movie that terrified me as a kid. Its so great to finally be able to see it again. I ordered the dvd and now can not wait to experience this again! – Kay Bee Aug 9 '16 at 16:37
  • I know. I saw that you wrote another answer (deleted) where you said you were looking for the movie, that's all. It looks like this could be it, so good job if so! – Adamant Aug 9 '16 at 16:38
  • Oh yes I was the one with the deleted post :D! Thanks yeah I'm positive it is hope OP gets the pleasure to see the answer!!! – Kay Bee Aug 9 '16 at 16:41
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    Awesome!!! Glad I could help! I had been looking for this movie for years and your post finally led me to the right path to finding it. – Kay Bee Aug 11 '16 at 15:28

That sounds like a scene from the TV show "Firefly" or the movie "Serenity".

Though, from your doodle, the movie that you are thinking about sounds like the remake of "Dune". A Highliner from Dune.

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    Firefly premiered in 2002 so it can not be the answer. – James Jenkins May 12 '14 at 11:20
  • I'm sorry that I couldn't be of more help. – Urdungo May 12 '14 at 11:21
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    Serenity is a 2005 film so it can not be the answer. – James Jenkins May 12 '14 at 11:22
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    It does seem to resemble the liners from the Dune miniseries, however it was released in 2000, so it's probably not that either, unless the OP got the timeframe wrong. There isn't anything really scary in the beginning of the series, save for maybe when Paul is tested with the box by the bene gesserit. – Paul Richter Jun 11 '14 at 12:20
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    @OrganicMarble The strange thing is that the OP drew rectangular blocks. Maybe he doesn't know what squares are. – Wad Cheber stands with Monica Jun 17 '15 at 0:49

The plot and ship description remind me of the sf/horror film Lifeforce (1985), where a British space expedition to Halley’s Comet discovers an alien ship, although some of the details differ.

*Lifeforce* alien ship


Could it be the Sulaco? It's kind of blocky and has spikes out the front. Don't remember it ramming any other ships though.

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    I doubt it's the ship from Aliens. They never rammed anyone. – Daft Jun 17 '15 at 8:55
  • As I mentioned. – Organic Marble Jun 17 '15 at 12:27

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