"Want anything from the shop?" "Cornetto."
The Blood & Ice Cream Trilogy
(aka Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy
) is a series of films directed by Edgar Wright
and starring Simon Pegg
and Nick Frost. Pegg and Wright also serve as the writers for all three films.
The films do not share a universe
, instead functioning as a Thematic Series
; this ranges from a recurring Production Posse
, numerous Mythology Gags
, to the appearance of Cornetto
frozen ice creams that give the series its name.
The individual films are:
See also: Spaced
, an earlier collaboration by the three which shares common elements with the series. Should not be confused with Paul
, another film written by and starring Pegg & Frost, who play a pair of Brits that pick up an alien during a Road Trip
; the movie is in no way related to the series, and has no involvement with Edgar Wright.
The series as a whole contains examples of:
- Affectionate Parody
- Ascended Extra: Some of the Production Posse get more prominent roles in the following film.
- Martin Freeman was a voiceless cameo in Shaun of the Dead, a minor character in Hot Fuzz, and one of the leads in The World's End.
- Rafe Spall was a minor character in Shaun of the Dead & one of the supporting cast in Hot Fuzz.
- Paddy Considine was a supporting character in Hot Fuzz & one of the leads in The World's End.
- Author Appeal
- Black Comedy
- Britain Is Only London: Averted in all three films.
- Shaun of the Dead takes place in London, but it's stated that the Zombie Apocalypse is a nationwide crisis - the characters just happen to be in London.
- Hot Fuzz & The World's End both start in London, but soon relocate to rural towns of Sandford & Newton Haven respectively. Furthermore, both involve underlying conspiracies, neither of which concern London; Hot Fuzz is focused entirely on Sandford, whereas The World's End is global.
- The Cameo
- Chekhov's Gag: Throughout the trilogy, jokes said early in the movie often come back in either a more dramatic or an even funnier form.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: The colour of the Cornetto appearing in each film represents the genre of that film: respectively, strawberry red for blood, original blue for police, and mint green for aliens (though the aliens in the film aren't actually green).
- Darker and Edgier: Despite being the "Blood and Ice Cream" name, the movies get less Bloodier and Gorier consecutively. However, despite the lesser bloodshed and body counts as the series goes on, do not assume this means the movies become Lighter and Softer.
- Distant Finale: Each film has a final vignette showing how the (surviving) characters are doing some time on. The World's End includes a straight-out "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners:
- Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, really. All three of their characters in trilogy serves as this to one another in some capacity.
- Shaun of the Dead: Shaun & Ed
- Hot Fuzz: Detectives Andy Cartright & Andy Wainwright; Nicholas Angel & Danny Butterman become this as the film goes on.
- The World's End: The dynamic between Gary and Andy as grown-ups is of two people who were once this for each other, only for things to turn very sour.
- Hey, It's That Guy!: While unconnected in plot, several actors return (some even from as far back as Spaced). Since it's pretty complicated to note every criss-crossing actor between three movies and a TV series, lists can be found on the respective trivia pages.
- Man Child:
- Mythology Gag:
- Simon Pegg's character takes a shortcut over garden fences in each movie: Shaun of the Dead has it collapsing underneath Shaun, Hot Fuzz has Angel clear it easily (but Danny smashes through it), and in The World's End it topples under Gary's weight.
- Each movie has a scene involving Nick Frost and a Cornetto ice-cream: Strawberry in the first movie, which symbolises the gore; Blue Classico in the second, which matches the police's blue uniforms; and a mint one in the third for Little Green Men.
- Each movie involves at least one pub: in the first, all they do is go to the pub, and the characters end up setting up fort in one; in the second, Danny and Nick always hang out at the pub and even have a shoot-out there; and the third centres around performing a pub crawl.
- Additionally, the same fruit machine, with an identical jingle, appears in one pub of every movie.
- Identical duos appear in all three films: the zombie twins in Shaun of the Dead, the two Andys in Hot Fuzz, and the twins in The World's End.
- Production Posse