On Thursday 18th July my best friend and I went to watch The Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy. If you don’t know what that is, it’s pretty much all three films by Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, which are Shaun of The Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World’s End.
The World’s End came out in cinemas on Friday 19th July and my best friend and I were there at 12am to watch one of the many first screenings of it in the UK.
It’s been 10 years since the guys first started filming Shaun of The Dead so it’s been a long wait for fans of the Cornetto Trilogy, my best friend and I included.
The trilogy started at 7.30pm and didn’t finish until nearly 2am, but it was worth being tired and losing the feeling of your legs for!
Some might be wondering where the guys came up with The Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy, well each film features a Cornetto (YES even The World’s End!) and depending on which film you watch, depends on which flavour you see.
Shaun of The Dead has the red strawberry Cornetto to symbolise blood, Hot Fuzz has the blue original Cornetto to symbolise the colour the Police use in the UK and finally The World’s End has the green mint Cornetto to symbolise it’s sci-fi plot.
Since being to the showing of all three films, I keep craving a mint Cornetto!
Now it’s fun fact* time! I can’t really give you any facts about The World’s End yet as whilst I don’t know that many right now, it may also spoil the film for anyone who hasn’t watched it yet. So for now just enjoy some about the first two films!
*Facts taken from IMDB.com.
- The “pyjama zombie” had his voiced dubbed over by Simon Pegg.
- On the DVD (at least the region-two and region-one versions), there is a feature that plays an edited version of the scene where Pete yells at Shaun and Ed for playing the music too loud (“I’ve got to go to fucking work in four fucking hours!”) that has been dubbed over for television airings, thus replacing all obscenities. “Fuck” is replaced with “funk,” “prick” becomes “prink.” The feature has the fitting title “Funky Pete” and is found in the alternate bits section.
- Nick Frost (Ed) allegedly kept his genitals shaved throughout the production to create a genuine need to scratch that the character demanded.
- The word “fuck” is used 77 times in this movie.
- Shaun tells Liz that he’s going to take her to “the place that does all the fish”. When he opens the phone book you can see that the restaurant is literally called ‘The Place That Does All the Fish’.
- Shaun and Ed’s friendship is based on Simon Pegg’s and Nick Frost’s when they shared a flat together.
- Quentin Tarantino dubbed Shaun of the Dead one of the top 20 films made since 1992.
- Edgar Wright: during the Remembering Z-Day montage, there is a long shot of the zombies walking through a park; Edgar is the one in black who falls over himself. He also makes a voice cameo as the host of Fulci’s Italian restaurant.
- When Shaun and Ed are listening to Electro, Pete tells Ed if he “wants to live like an animal, he can live in a shed”. Later, Shaun keeps Ed in the shed at the end of the film after he becomes a zombie.
- Throughout the film, Sergeant Angel uses a Vauxhall Astra Diesel and a Subaru Impreza WRX. The Subaru’s markings are “HF” obviously referring to the film title.
- During the early scene of Nicholas Angel jogging in his first morning in Sanford, all of the NWA members can be seen standing in the same positions they later stand in for the ‘final showdown’.
- Nicholas Angel’s service number is 777, this is often seen as the mark of God just as 666 is seen as the mark of the devil. The only character to call him by that number is Timothy Dalton, who played Agent 007 in The Living Daylights and Licence To Kill.
- When in costume Nick Frost and Simon Pegg often were assumed to be police officers. Many strangers asked them for directions and instead of telling the truth they went along with it. They claimed it made them feel powerful.
- At a Q&A session following a screening of the film in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, Edgar Wright revealed that the film featured disguised cameos by two Oscar winners: Cate Blanchett and Peter Jackson. Jackson appears as the Santa Claus who stabs Nick Angel through the hand during the opening montage, and Blanchett appears masked as Angel’s ex-girlfriend who is a Scene of Crime Officer (SOCO), which is the Metropolitan Police’s term for an officer who collects and processes forensic evidence at the scene of a crime (roughly analogous to a CSI).
- While Nicholas is chasing a shoplifter through the supermarket, Danny is reading the tag-lines of the cheap action films in the half-price bin. “Supercop. Meet the cop that can’t be stopped”. When he realizes the chase is on, he throws the DVD back into the bargain bin where we see it land beside a DVD copy of Shaun of The Dead but called “Zombies Party”, the release title of “Shaun of the Dead” in certain countries.
- The picture of a young Danny is a real picture of Nick Frost as a child.
- Before filming the lay-by scene, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost reportedly had an argument. Pegg claimed Frost was getting cocky and making the ADs get him coffee, whereas Pegg wanted him to get his own. As a result they took four hours to do that scene and they didn’t talk to each other at all except when acting.
- The Latin phrase “Bonum comunitae comunitatis” chanted by the NWA at the castle means ‘for the good of the community’ or ‘the greater good’, which is a recurring tag line.
- It’s said that a swan can break a person’s arm with its wing. At the end of the movie, having been made to crash by the swan in the car, you can see Jim Broadbent’s arm in a sling as he’s loaded onto the ambulance.
Another awesome fact to do with the trilogy is that back in 2007 I got the chance to meet Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost at a signing in Birmingham. It was snowing heavily that day and there was no way I would miss it so I got changed, wrapped up warm and got the bus into town. I waited in the snow for a couple of hours near the front of the queue to meet them and it was worth every minute. They were all so lovely and I took some pictures of the guys posing. I remember Simon Pegg saying to me, “Are you not cold? It’s snowing out there!” and Nick asking me if I was alright and that I was a good sport for going in the snow. They signed my copy of Shaun of The Dead too, which I keep safe in my DVD collection. I would love to meet them all again someday!
Well that’s it for this post, make sure to go and see The World’s End if you like the look of it, as it is amazing! If you haven’t seen the trailer yet, I’ll leave a video of it down below for you.
Take care all and hope your week has started off well!