Tourist Trap (1979) is an enjoyable, campy film with Chuck Connors as the owner of a spooky roadside museum populated with life-like mannequins. The score by the great Pino Donaggio is one of the film's highlights.
A handful of ghost stories are told in an old farmhouse in the moody Dead of Night (1945). Naturally a ventriloquist and dummy doll figure in the creepiest one. It's an interesting, curious picture that remains influential.
Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II (1987) is ridiculous 1980s horror fun. Remembered less but far and away better than its predecessor. Endearingly pays tribute to Carrie and chock full of bad 80s fashion.
A strange film obsession of mine that will never go away. In Bert I. Gordon's Empire of the Ants (1977) a group of prospective buyers of phony Florida real estate are attacked by menacing giant ants. And all of it is played straight. Pamela Susan Shoop utters one of the better lines: "they're herding us like cattle!"
The Boss's sister, Pamela Springsteen is winning as the tormented camp counselor Angela in Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers (1988). The original is a favorite as well.
Much more well-known now with no thanks to its terrible remake, Black Christmas (1974) still holds up well as a slick, creepy phone-caller-is-in-the-house horror film. Margot Kidder's performance and the film's ending are both bizarre.
Unlucky passerbys are dead meat in the bizzaro pro-vegetarian horror film Motel Hell (1980). Over-the-top but very unnerving.
William Castle's The Tingler (1959) is pretty avant-garde for B-horror movie standards. A "metafilm" with audience participation gags, literal shocks and some trippy sequences. Somewhat uneven but Vincent Price is magnetic.
Malevolence came and went in 2004. It's pretty dark, and the plot is somewhat preposterous but it delivers good scares.
Similar to The Fly, The Alligator People (1959) is another fun entry in the science-gone-wrong genre of the 1950s. Scream queen Beverly Garland at her best.
What are some of your underrated horror flicks?