How To Kill An Iconic Movie Character – Chris Gore

Chris Gore, Founder/Owner of FilmThreat/Author/Filmmaker: Generally falling down an endless chasm is the kind of death that usually a villain experiences, leading cause of death amongst villains. 

Film Courage: Let’s talk about killing iconic characters. When is it okay, when is it a horrible mistake? 

Chris: I think it’s really important if you want to retain the audience for a franchise how you kill off an iconic movie character is absolutely critical and there are places in movie history where it’s been done right and there are places where it’s been done completely wrong and it’s been bungled. It’s upsetting to me, I mean first of all, the death of an iconic fictional character is already upsetting just on its face. Let’s talk about a case in which it was done incredibly well in Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan. You’re taking Leonard Nimoy’s character Spock who he’d played for decades by then and you’re now killing off this character, you’re killing off Spock. It’s handled so well, it’s not a wasteful death. Spock dies in an act of self-sacrifice trying to save the crew of the enterprise which he’d done many times…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).


Chris Gore is a writer, comedian, author and television personality who has built a solid reputation as a hilariously outspoken voice in the entertainment world. As a teenager, Chris founded the brutally honest magazine Film Threat, which began as a fanzine while he was a college student in Detroit. As Film Threat evolved into a respected national magazine, he relocated to Los Angeles. The print magazine was retired in 1997 when it was re-launched as a web site. found a huge audience online and was named one of the top five movie web sites by the Wall Street Journal. Chris has appeared as a film expert on MSNBC, E!, CNN, Travel Channel, and Reelz Channel. Chis has also hosted shows on FX, Starz, IFC and G4TV’s Attack of the Show as the show’s film expert. His weekly movie review segment DVDuesday was among the most popular on G4. Chris is also an author, having written The 50 Greatest Movies Never Made and The Complete DVD Book. His book The Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide is considered the bible of the industry and is required reading at film school. 

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