Only days away from The World’s End, fans are prepping themselves for the last crusade of what has become an accidental comedic masterpiece: the Three Flavours Cornetto or Blood & Ice Cream trilogy. When Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg wrote Shaun of the Dead - even when they began writing Hot Fuzz - it was not their intent to produce the trilogy the public has come to recognize. Nevertheless, several jokes and themes connected the two films. Evidence suggests the gags continue to run all the way through to the end. Here are some details to look for during The World’s End that might augment the experience.
Falling Flat On Your Fence:
The most tangible running joke is commonly referred to as the “fence” gag. In Shaun of the Dead, we saw Shaun (Pegg) attempt to impress his ex-girlfriend by hopping a fence as a means of a short cut to their destination, only to have a set of planks give out on him instantly. This act was parodied in Hot Fuzz when Nicholas shows-up his new partner, Danny (Nick Frost), by effortlessly leaping over a series of backyard fences, which inspires Danny to try himself but he stumbles and immediately crashes through the first fence. They give away in the trailers for The World’s End that Gary King (Pegg) runs for a large fence to avoid his pursuers, just to have the entire structure fall down when he jumps atop it.
A Pub For All Seasons:
A pub (short for Public House) had been a staple setting in both Shaun and Fuzz. Shaun leads his friends to their would-be sanctuary, a pub called The Winchester. Eventually, Nicholas and Danny bond in the same pub where they first met. Gary King in The World’s End takes his four reunited mates on a twelve pub expedition.
Break-up The Ice:
In the first act of Shaun of the Dead, Shaun is dumped by the love of his live, Liz. In the opening to Hot Fuzz, Nicholas is given the brush by his own police district, his one passion, and then by his girlfriend, Janine. The question lies therein, will Gary King get his heart stomped on, prompting his adventure to recapture his one near-triumph in The World’s End?
Gore Violence, Please:
Over the top, almost video-game-like gore occurred in Shaun and Fuzz. It may be acceptable – nay, necessary – for any movie involving zombies, and therefore can easily be passed over. However, smashed heads and impaled lower jaws seemed humorously misplaced in a Buddy Cop comedy. There promises to be several gritty bar fights between the Five Musketeers and the Stepford claimers of Newton Haven.
Fruit For Thought:
Ed (Frost) repeatedly plays a noisy arcade game, referred to as “The Fruit Machine,” at The Winchester. The same arcade game makes a cameo at the Sandford local pub. It has been said that “The Fruit Machine” makes a last call at The King’s Head pub in The World’s End.
You Lost A Friend In Me…?:
Everyone assumed an already bitten Ed met his certain end when a raging hoard of Zombies rushed into the basement, after Ed heroically volunteered to stand between the “Zeds” and Shaun & Liz. In the final scene, we are led to assume Shaun miraculously saved his infected best friend and continues to keep him around more as a pet. We are tricked into believing Danny was killed in the explosion at the Sandford police station, but it turns out to be merely a ruse. Think twice if you see Andy Knightley (Frost) begin to stammer on his way to The World’s End (the final pub on the crawl).
Just Around The Cornetto:
Keeping in line with its most popular namesake, a specific flavor of Cornetto makes an appearance in each installment. After a night of heavy drinking, Ed requests a Cornetto ice cream when Shaun runs to the corner shop; Shaun selects a Strawberry (red) flavored one. While on patrol, Danny and Nicholas frequent a corner shop, where Danny purchases a Vanilla Nut (blue) flavored Cornetto. Somewhere in The World’s End, there should be the purchasing of a Mint (green) flavored Cornetto.
Will The World’s End be able to carry on the torches lit by its predecessors?
The World’s End opens this Friday.