Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy

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Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy
Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy DVD.JPG
Cover of The Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy DVD box set
Directed by Edgar Wright
Produced by
Written by
Music by
  • David M. Dunlap (SOTD)
  • Jess Hall (HF)
  • Bill Pope (TWE)
Edited by
Distributed by United Kingdom:
Universal Pictures
United States:
Rogue Pictures (SOTD, HF)
Focus Features (TWE)
Release date(s)
  • 9 April 2004 (2004-04-09)
  • (Shaun of the Dead)
  • 14 February 2007 (2007-02-14)
  • (Hot Fuzz)
  • 19 July 2013 (2013-07-19)
  • (The World's End)
Running time 329 minutes
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • France (HF[1])
Language English
Budget $38 million
Box office $156,865,336

The Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy (also known as the Cornetto trilogy or the Blood and Ice Cream trilogy)[2][3] is a series of comedic genre films directed by Edgar Wright, written by Wright and Simon Pegg, produced by Nira Park, and starring Pegg and Nick Frost. The trilogy consists of Shaun of the Dead (2004), Hot Fuzz (2007), and The World's End (2013).

Each film in the trilogy is connected to a Cornetto ice cream, with a Cornetto of the appropriate flavour appearing in each film.[3][4] Shaun of the Dead features a strawberry-flavoured Cornetto, which signifies the film's bloody and gory elements,[5] Hot Fuzz includes the blue original Cornetto, to signify the police element to the film,[6] and The World's End features the green mint chocolate chip flavour in a nod to aliens and science fiction.[7] While the first two films include appearances of the ice cream itself, the last incorporates only the appearance of the wrapper.

The name originates from a "silly joke" during the promotion of Hot Fuzz, when somebody[who?] pointed the Cornetto connection out to Wright. While the three movies are not a true trilogy, they do portray a related item in each[8] and he suggested that the three flavours of Cornetto was a reference to Krzysztof Kieślowski's Three Colours film trilogy.[9][10] According to Wright, Wall's, manufacturer of the Cornetto, were "very pleased with the namecheck".[8]

Clark Collis observes in Entertainment Weekly that the films also feature "a running gag involving garden fences".[10]

Wright, Park, Pegg and Frost similarly collaborated previously in the TV series Spaced from 1999 to 2001, and many actors from the show would go on to star in films in the trilogy. Pegg and Frost regularly appear together in movies, including Paul, which they wrote together. They also collaborated with Wright on Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin, which starred both of them as Thomson and Thompson and was co-written by Wright. Martin Freeman, Bill Nighy, Rafe Spall, Julia Deakin, Patricia Franklin and Garth Jennings are the only actors, apart from Pegg and Frost, to appear in every film of the trilogy, and of those only Deakin also appeared with Frost and Pegg in Spaced. Pegg and Wright also had a cameo appearance in Land of the Dead, after director George A. Romero was impressed by Shaun of the Dead.


Shaun of the Dead[edit]

The first film in the series is Shaun of the Dead, a 2004 romantic zombie comedy film (or self-proclaimed "rom-zom-com"). The film stars Simon Pegg alongside Nick Frost. Pegg plays Shaun, a man attempting to get some kind of focus in his life as he deals along with his girlfriend, his mother and stepfather. At the same time, he has to cope with an apocalyptic uprising of zombies.[11]

The joke that starts the Cornetto theme is that on Sunday morning, Ed (Frost) wakes up with a splitting hangover. Shaun (Pegg) asks him if he wants anything from the shop, and Ed replies (groggily) "Corne'o". Director Edgar Wright has said that he used to use Cornettos as a hangover cure.[12]

Hot Fuzz[edit]

The second film in the series is Hot Fuzz, a 2007 buddy cop comedy. The film stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost as two police officers who investigate a series of mysterious deaths in a small English village. The two officers purchase Cornetto cones at a convenience store at various times, and a scrap of the wrapper falls onto the counter when Pegg's character later makes other purchases at the store.

The World's End[edit]

The third and final film in the series is The World's End, a 2013 science fiction apocalyptic comedy. The film follows a group of friends, led by Simon Pegg, reattempting an epic pub crawl during an alien occupation of their home town. In the final scene of the film, a Cornetto wrapper blows past in a breeze.

Wright said in an interview for Entertainment Weekly, "We thought it would be a funny idea to do a sci-fi film where even the people who are going to be your saviors are hammered."[10]

Recurring cast[edit]

Various actors have appeared in more than one of the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy films. These are:

Shaun of the Dead Hot Fuzz The World's End
Simon Pegg NoN NoN NoN
Nick Frost NoN NoN NoN
Julia Deakin NoN* NoN NoN*
Edgar Wright NoN* NoN*
Reece Shearsmith NoN* NoN
Michael Smiley NoN* NoN
Peter Serafinowicz NoN NoN*
Martin Freeman NoN* NoN* NoN
Bill Nighy NoN NoN* NoN**
Rafe Spall NoN NoN NoN*
Garth Jennings NoN* NoN* NoN*
Patricia Franklin NoN* NoN NoN*
Joe Cornish NoN* NoN*
Robert Popper NoN* NoN*
Nicola Cunningham NoN NoN*
Mark Donovan NoN NoN*
David Bradley NoN NoN
Paddy Considine NoN NoN
Alice Lowe NoN NoN*
**Voice only

Discussing The World's End, Wright said that any actor who appeared in the first two films would also appear in the third, adding, "We even got back Nicola Cunningham, who played Mary the zombie in Shaun of the Dead. And Mark Donovan, so the first two zombies from Shaun of the Dead are in this. The twins are in it."[13]


Box office[edit]

Film Release Date Budget Box office (Worldwide) Ref.
Shaun of the Dead 9 April 2004 $6,000,000 $30,039,392 [14]
Hot Fuzz 14 February 2007 $12,000,000 $80,736,657 [15]
The World's End 19 July 2013 $20,000,000 $46,089,287 [16][17]
Total $38,000,000 $156,865,336

Critical response[edit]

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic
Shaun of the Dead 91% (189 reviews)[18] 76 (34 reviews)[19]
Hot Fuzz 91% (198 reviews)[20] 81 (37 reviews)[21]
The World's End 89% (199 reviews)[22] 81 (45 reviews)[23]


  1. ^ "Hot Fuzz (2007)". British Film Institute. Retrieved 2 June 2014. 
  2. ^ Edward Douglas (16 April 2007). "EXCL: The Guys of Hot Fuzz!". Retrieved 2009-05-23. 
  3. ^ a b "Hot Fuzz duo confirm third movie". BBC News. 3 April 2008. Retrieved 2009-05-25. 
  4. ^ "Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost Might Finally Finish Up Their Ice Cream Trilogy". I Watch Stuff. 12 December 2011. Retrieved 2012-08-21. 
  5. ^ Shaun of the Dead DVD commentary
  6. ^ Hot Fuzz DVD commentary
  7. ^ "World's End panel SDCC 2013". YouTube. Retrieved 20 July 2013. 
  8. ^ a b Huddleston, Tom (9 July 2013). "Edgar Wright: 'I can't watch zombie movies'". Time Out. Retrieved 15 July 2013. 
  9. ^ Elisabeth Rappe (3 April 2008). "Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg going to The World's End". Retrieved 2009-05-23. 
  10. ^ a b c Collis, Clark (30 August 2013). "3 Blokes. 3 Films. Many, Many Laughs". Entertainment Weekly: 46–47. 
  11. ^ J.C. Maçek III (15 June 2012). "The Zombification Family Tree: Legacy of the Living Dead". PopMatters. 
  12. ^
  13. ^ "13 Things We Learned on the Set of The World's End – IGN". Retrieved 2013-07-24. 
  14. ^ "Shaun of the Dead Box Office". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 11 May 2013. 
  15. ^ "Hot Fuzz Box Office". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 11 May 2013. 
  16. ^ Collins, Andrew (19 July 2013). "Simon Pegg: The World’s End is $4 million shy of double what Hot Fuzz cost". Radio Times. Retrieved 2013-07-24. 
  17. ^ "The World's End Box Office". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2013-09-03. 
  18. ^ "Shaun of the Dead (2004)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 07 October 2013. 
  19. ^ Shaun of the Dead at Metacritic
  20. ^ "Hot Fuzz (2006)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
  21. ^ Hot Fuzz at Metacritic
  22. ^ "The World's End (2013)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
  23. ^ The World's End at Metacritic

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