What do zombie, buddy cop and science fiction films all have in common? Together they form The Cornetto trilogy, an anthology trilogy of British comedy films directed by Edgar Wright and starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.
The first film of the trilogy, Shaun of the Dead, is a take on the zombie apocalyptic genre. Revolving around the titular Shaun (Pegg) and his friend Ed (Frost), the two are slow to react to the zombie apocalypse and ultimately seek refuge with their loved ones. This puts Shaun in the awkward position of trying to reconcile with his ex-girlfriend as they try to weather the zombie onslaught.
The second film, Hot Fuzz, is a riff on typical buddy cop action films. Pegg is a big city cop who, much to his chagrin, is relocated to a quiet West Country village. However, all is not what it seems in the village, and soon he teams up with bumbling local cop Danny (Frost) in investigating a series of mysterious and gruesome deaths in the town.
The final film, The World’s End, is another apocalyptic story, albeit from a sci-fi angle this time around. Following a group of five friends who return to their hometown in order to reattempt an epic pub crawl they failed twenty-three years earlier, they instead discover that the town is in the midst of an alien invasion
With gaggles of gags and pitch-perfect parodies, The Cornetto trilogy is an experience that demands to be experienced on the big screen in the company of others to laugh along with.
“[Shaun of the Dead is] The best zombie comedy yet made.” – Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
“[Hot Fuzz] Manages to find humor not just in the mundane existence of a small town but also in the overblown nature of action films. And, it works as an action movie on its own.” – Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
“The World’s End marks the third part of Pegg and Wright’s self-described ‘Cornetto trilogy.’ It’s an appropriate moniker. With this final film they’ve slowed down a bit, grown up a lot. And saved the richest bite until last.” – Henry Barnes, The Guardian