Yet another shining example of the former genre filmmaker who has since emerged to become one of Hollywood's premier players (see Sam Raimi and Peter Jackson), writer/director Bill Condon first made an impression on audiences with the clever slasher parody Strange Behavior (1981) before breaking into the mainstream with Gods and Monsters -- a thoughtful tribute to Bride of Frankenstein director James Whale -- in 1998.
A lifelong film fanatic, Condon was born in New York City in 1955. It was during his early years that the future director would take in a steady stream of such classic horrors as Bride of Frankenstein and House on Haunted Hill, and following his graduation from Columbia University (where he earned his degree in philosophy) Condon began expressing his love for the medium as a film journalist. Later, when producer Michael Laughlin contacted Condon to offer praise for an article that the writer had penned for Millimeter, the pair fast became friends and agreed to collaborate on the quirky horror thriller Strange Behavior. Though it didn't necessarily score a direct hit at the box office, the film did manage to earn a small cult following, and two years later the duo would re-team for the semi-sequel Strange Invaders. It was now official; Condon didn't simply write about films anymore, he made them.