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Final film in the Blood & Ice Cream Trilogy unveils trailer

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If I told you that you were highly anticipating the third and final part of the “Blood & Ice Cream Trilogy” (or “Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy” depending on who you ask), there’s a chance you may be confused. You see, a lot of people are huge fans of the two earlier films in the trilogy, but are perhaps unfamiliar with their grouping as an official trilogy. You’re all familiar by now with the work brought about by the amazing collaborative powers of Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Shaun Of The Dead and Hot Fuzz were two incredible genre parodies and the final film in the trilogy should as a general rule deliver the same quality.

The World’s End has been a long time coming, due to the now divergent careers of the three men involved. Wright went on to direct successful video game inspired comic book adaptation Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, and in 2015 he’ll deliver a big screen adaptation of Marvel comic books superhero Ant Man, a project that he’s been championing with the studio for a very long time now. He’ll be responsible for ushering in Phase Three of the Marvel movie universe, which is a pretty serious task. Judging by his repertoire though, I’m sure Wright will handle it the pressure, though it will definitely be the biggest task of his career.

The World's End Cast Photo

The World’s End is a nice distraction then, as it gives him an opportunity to flex his genre comedy muscles and a chance to fool around with old friends. After the success of their zombie romantic comedy and buddy action movie, it was clear to the trio that their next genre film should be something of the science fiction persuasion. This is the second similarly titled apocalypse themed comedy film that is due to arrives on the big screen this summer, the first of which is called This Is The End (featuring a slew of American comedians playing exaggerated versions of themselves).

Previously, we knew The World’s End would pitch a group of five friends against a world ending threat, but until this trailer hit we were unsure of what that threat would actually be when it manifested. Now, it seems we’re going to bear witness to an alien invasion ala Invasion Of The Bodysnatchers, and judging by the clips in this trailer it seems that the film may even feature alien tripod beings that, while some would rush to call it a reference to War Of The Worlds – I’d personally, be more inclined to lean towards a Half Life 2 influence, considering the seemingly organic nature of this particular creature.

If you’re familiar with low budget British science fiction horror, Attack The Block, then you may also notice that they share a similar budget cutting technique of having bright lights play the role of the primary alien invaders. Here, alien inhabited humans have piercing bright blue lights blasting from their orifices and from the few glimpses available in this trailer it seems that this will be a very effective technique. The film is likely to be very funny as well, especially considering the amazing principal cast.

The five friends are played by Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine and Eddie Marsan, who are all veteran actors and are extremely funny in their own right. This trailer actually shies away from spoiling most of the laughs, which is good, as most comedy trailers nowadays tend to ruin all of the best moments by showing them out of context. This trailer nicely sets up the concept while refusing to spoil the better parts of the film or reveal too much and that’s what all great trailers should do. Saying that, there isn’t an awful lot here that is truly excellent. The cast, premise and concept are all top notch and the aliens look like they’ll be cool, however, one must assume that the true strengths of the film i.e. the magic that we will be faced with due to a combination of those elements, will be saved for the final film, or a later trailer. That means that right now it’s relying on the disparate elements and past successes alone to draw interest of the film, and I’d be lying if I said it failed entirely on that front.

Check out the trailer below and see what you think:

Keen fans of the series will also fondly cheer at the fence gag featured at the end of the trailer (each film features a gag involving a fence). If anything that should be the calming force of the trailer – all seems to be in order here! The official synopsis is as follows:

Five friends who reunite in an attempt to top their epic pub crawl from 20 years earlier unwittingly become humankind’s only hope for survival.

What do you guys think? Are you excited for The World’s End? What do you think of the alien threat? Is this a good trailer? Sound off in the comments!

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