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Variant "Zombie"

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Variant "Zombie"
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Original Poster
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Yevgeni Yegorov
Release Date 1985
Language Russian
Studio Mosfilm
Main Cast
Character Actor
Sergey Lesnikov Aristarkh Livanov
Pavel Dyomin Yuri Gusev
Stannard Valeriy Ivchenko
Lucia Ginelli Irena Dubrovskaya
Kurt Horneman Romualdas Ramanauskas
James Davidson Valentinas Masalskis
Dietz Valeri Babyatinsky
Jacques Lemonnier Arnis Licitis
Kyuitis Ago-Endrik Kerge

Variant "Zombie" (Original title: Вариант "Зомби") is a 1985 Soviet spy movie. A powerful fascist-type organization is conducting experiments on the inhabitants of an African country to create parapsychological weapons for mind control. But the method of memory restoration and treatment of mental neuroses, developed by the Soviet professor Lesnikov, is becoming a serious threat to the group.

The movie was probably the first film of this kind in the (ex-) USSR, and for a long time almost the only one due to the lack of particular popularity of such a topic. However, as one might expect, the movie itself was mostly about tradecraft, and zombie themes in it are superficial.

The following weapons were used in the film Variant "Zombie":

Assault Rifles

StG-44 (Mocked-Up as M16)

The organization's soldiers use StG-44s mocked-up to look like M16 assault rifles.

Sturmgewehr 44, visually modified to resemble an Armalite rifle such as the M16 - 7.62x39 blank. Such movie props were widely used in Soviet movies of 1970s-90s.


One of the soldiers uses an actual M16 in pseudo-documentary frames.

Cristobal Model 2

One of the soldiers (possibly of the Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces) is armed with a Cristobal Model 2 in pseudo-documentary frames.

Cristobal Model 2 with straight magazine - .30 Carbine
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Mauser Rifle

Soldiers are armed with unknown Mauser rifles in pseudo-documentary frames.

Spanish Mauser M43 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
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One of the artillerymen (possibly of the Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces) is seen with AKM in pseudo-documentary frames.

AKM - 7.62x39mm
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Winchester Model 1912 "Trench Gun"

One of the soldiers is seen with what appears to be a Winchester Model 1912 "Trench Gun" in pseudo-documentary frames.

Winchester Model 1912 "Trench Gun" with heat shield and bayonet lug - 12 gauge
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Panhard EBR

The organization's forces use a Panhard EBR Mle 51 armored vehicle in pseudo-documentary footage. This French armored car is armed with a 75mm SA49 main gun and three MAC 31E Reibel machine guns.

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