Thursday, 18 July 2013


Whoa whoa whoa, calm down! Stop your worrying, come out of the basement, have a cup of tea and perhaps an Ice Cream - mint chocolate for me, cheers. The apocalypse is not upon us: It's merely Edgar Wright's final instalment in the 'Three Flavours Cornetto' trilogy. The World's End hits cinemas across the UK this Friday, July 19th.

For the uninitiated, Edgar Wright's unofficially titled 'Three Flavours Cornetto' trilogy, consists of the 2004 zombie comedy, Shaun of the Dead, the 2007 buddy cop action flick, Hot Fuzz and the soon to be released, The World's End. Director Edgar Wright, alongside long time collaborators, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, has brilliantly bought the fantastical worlds of Hollywood genre films to little old quaint England.

In terms of originality, humour and charm Edgar Wright's genre parodies have few rivals and are a great endorsement of the health of the UK film industry. The quick edits, vast cultural references and plethora of hidden background jokes and Easter eggs, ensure Edgar Wright's films are a joy to watch over and over again.

Both Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz are available on numerous on demand services to watch right now.  Just head over to Tank Top Movies to find out where. What better way to prepare for The World’s End than holding your very own back-to-back screening of the first two films in the trilogy? They won't disappoint to newcomers, and veterans of Wright's work know they’re in for a treat.

The first in the series, Shaun of the Dead, parodies a genre that has shown no sign since of slowing down. It looks like Zombies are here to stay, and Shaun of the Dead released nearly a decade ago, lovingly parodies Zombie films of the past, and somewhat prophetically, even the present.

In Hot Fuzz the buddy cop action genre gets the same Edgar Wright treatment. An outlandish action film juxtaposed against the quiet fictional village of Sandford makes for quite the unique experience: An experience that can be enjoyed repeatedly, with every viewing revealing new gags and nuances easily missed. You have the right to remain silent and enjoy this excellent film.

The World's End is set to complete Edgar Wright’s trilogy. This time his laser sights are aimed directly at the Sci-fi genre. Expect to see your favourite Sci-fi movie tropes loving and expertly parodied, in a film all fans of UK cinema should be excited for.

Matthew Taylor