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Watch: First Trailer For Edgar Wright's Apocalypse Comedy 'The World's End'

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by Oliver Lyttelton
May 8, 2013 1:31 AM
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And so it ends, and we're not just talking about the end of the world. Edgar Wright and his longtime friends and collaborators Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are finally putting the capper on their fabled, informally known Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy. Starting with "Shaun Of The Dead" and continued with "Hot Fuzz," each film saw them take on a genre (zombie movies, buddy cop flicks) and turn them on its head, to thrilling and very, very funny results. And now it's all coming to a conclusion with "The World's End."

Martin Freeman, Eddie Marsan and Paddy Considine join the fun this time around, in the seemingly simple story of five childhood friends reuniting to recreate an epic night of drinking they all participated in two decades earlier. Of course, it doesn't quite go to plan and the fate of the world winds up in their hands. The trailer just dropped over at MSN, and you can take a look below. 

The film's remained remarkably under wraps until now, but the clip finally spills a few beans, with the film looking to have an "Invasion of the Body Snatchers"-ish vibe. It looks to be on an even scale than 'Shaun' and 'Fuzz' (including some CGI elements, including what looks like a tripod), but much of the same spirit is here, from the jumping-over-the-fence callback to previous films, to familiar faces like Reece Shearsmith and even "Spaced"'s Mark Heap joining the fun. And frankly, it makes us want to go back and watch the first two movies, and then start counting the days until this arrives.

"The World's End" begins on August 23rd (with the lucky UK getting it early on July 19th).

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11 Comments

  • matt | July 28, 2013 9:29 PMReply

    Looks shitty.

  • MJ | May 8, 2013 10:19 AMReply

    Of course the fence jumping is a welcome sight, but it would have been more fun for the audience if they had kept it out of the trailer.

  • tedpikul | May 8, 2013 10:04 AMReply

    The fence is back, but did I miss the Cornetto?

  • DG | May 8, 2013 3:21 AMReply

    I fully expect this to be good/at least entertaining but come on, this trailer sucks. Almost zero jokes and a bunch of quick edit CGI shots of aliens or people with lights in their mouths or something? I honestly think This is the End looks better, trailer wise at least they've got Danny Mcbride

  • Daniel | May 9, 2013 3:37 AM

    You, sir, are either drunk or you have no taste at all. For your sake, I hope it's the former.

  • Glass | May 8, 2013 6:49 PM

    R.I.P. ANTHROPOS' Sense of Humor. Relevant pop culture jokes by relevant celebrities >>>>>>> Euro pub jokes by middle aged British men

  • anthropos | May 8, 2013 10:19 AM

    Yea cuz This is the End is all gonna be about "Hey Look Guys, we're celebrities, and we're making fun of ourselves playing ourselves, with lame dick jokes, pop culture jokes, poop jokes and overall lame ass jokes that general dumb Americans would eat up cuz we can't think of anything funny or subtle other than the above mentioned jokes" kind stuff. Where as this is by the guys who brought us Spaced, Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead and have genuine wit, talent, clever humour, and heck of a lot more to offer while paying great homage to classics and keeping it original and grounded. There's gonna be a lot more this film is gonna offer and that trailer really does a nice job at teasing us big things without giving the entire movie or surprise away, unlike This is the End. And Danny McBrige? Seriously?

  • godfather | May 8, 2013 2:23 AMReply

    This one makes 'This is the end' bury in shame.

  • anthro | May 8, 2013 2:05 AMReply

    Looks so much better than This is the End.

  • Glass | May 8, 2013 1:47 AMReply

    So once and for all, WTF is with this and This Is The End coming out in the same summer? I'd love to know which party found out about the other first and shit their pants.

  • Lpseudo | May 8, 2013 1:42 AMReply

    Good to see there's a fence in this one too.

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