Losing Identities

Horror Narratives in Two Late Soviet Ukrainian Films


  • Serhii Ksaverov Independent scholar




Mykola Rasheev, Ihor Shevchenko, Ukraine, Soviet Union, Soviet cinema, Ukrainian cinema, perestroika, horror, national cinema, film genre, identity, werewolf, chernukha


This article offers an introduction to two Ukrainian Soviet films of 1990 that have received little attention from critics and scholars. Oberih / Obereg / Amulet (1990, Soviet Union) by Mykola Rasheev and Chas perevertnia / Chas oborotnia / Werewolf Hour (1990, Soviet Union) by Ihor Shevchenko were both filmed in Soviet Ukraine and have fallen into obscurity. The first part of this article seeks to situate both films in the context of film studies of the late USSR to address reasons why there was such a lack of interest in Ukrainian Soviet cinema at that time. The second part presents both films as culturally specific tales of identity loss in a transitional period.

Still from Amulet (1990) Image courtesy of The Oleksandr Dovzhenko National Centre




How to Cite

Ksaverov, Serhii. 2023. “Losing Identities: Horror Narratives in Two Late Soviet Ukrainian Films”. Apparatus. Film, Media and Digital Cultures of Central and Eastern Europe, no. 17 (December). https://doi.org/10.17892/app.2023.00017.342.

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