The film is a spoof of Backdraft, centered around a brother-and-sister pair of firefighters who battle arson and corruption in New York City. It features many "Naked Gun"-style jokes and references to the pop culture phenomena of the time, such as Disney's Aladdin and the Sylvester Stallone film Cliffhanger.
Backfire! was shown on USA Up All Night.
- Backfire! references MST3K in a scene in which an attractive woman is lighting candles and getting into a bubble bath. The silhouette of a row of theater seats, a human and two robotic forms appears on the screen while the silhouetted figures (actors unknown) make jokes. They are then blown off the screen by an explosion.