The mere presence of a ghost doesn’t earn a film a horror designation, and clara’s ghost is actually hard to categorize. However writer-director bridey elliott’s feature debut has a creeping feel of unease that without problems earns it a spot in this list. It’s loads funnier than krisha, which crowned my 2016 horror listing, however both movies use the language of horror to unpack the fear endemic to a dysfunctional own family.
Clara’s ghost isn’t autobiographical, though you’d be forgiven for thinking it's miles, in view that elliott casts her actual-existence own family — her father, chris elliott; her sister, abby elliott; and her mother, paula niedert elliott — as her family inside the film. Paula performs the titular clara, who has spent years ignored and mocked with the aid of a husband and children who're too self-obsessed to note how plenty she’s struggling. Whether or not the ghost she sees is actual is kind of beside the point: her pain is. That is a comedy, however there’s actual pathos to it, and paula’s overall performance is, in a word, haunting.