The three flavour Cornetto ice cream trilogy is also known as the Blood and Ice Cream Trilogy. It’s a set of comedy films that spoofs zombie horror films, buddy cop films and alien sci-fi films. The film trilogy is directed by Edgar Wright and written by Wright and Simon Pegg. The cast usually consists of the same actors throughout all of the films with some of the cast previously working on the cult classic two-season sitcom Spaced. The direction style consists of short and fast cuts with the camera zooming in rapidly into one particular action, for example, hanging up a phone with dramatic swooshing sounds.
Shaun of the Dead (2004)
A horror comedy about an unmotivated tech store clerk navigating to safety with his best friend, his girlfriend, his girlfriend’s two friends and his mother through the zombie apocalypse. The chosen refuge is at their favourite local pub, The Winchester, because of the gun at the bar and enough beer for them to wait until everything blows over.
It’s the first film of the Cornetto Trilogy with strawberry Cornetto cone ice cream featured for the blood and gore elements. It grew in popularity as a cult film at the beginning of the zombie media craze. The film has the jumping over the fence gag that’s in all of the other films with different results if any of the jump’s landing. The film also has a lot of Easter eggs from the production of the film and inside the film itself. There is blood and makeup actors have zombies. It’s not gory or terrifying in any way but there is some suspense. Almost 20 years after its release, it’s still a funny film.
Hot Fuzz (2007)
A straight-laced cop from the big city is relocated to a seemingly quiet countryside township to clean up the crime with a new cop partner whose more personable and not as physically fit. After a string of mysterious and gruesome deaths, the two must investigate the crime.
This action buddy cop film parodies other buddy cop films of the ’80s and ’90s like Tango and Cash and Red Heat. But it has some inventive action scenes as well. The flavour used in this film was original Cornetto cone ice cream which is vanilla flavoured to signify the police element in the film. It has one scene near the end with the villain in a sticky situation that looks very painful, beyond that, there’s no gore like a horror film but an action film being over-the-top. The film is a mystery with some outlandish action scenes with explosions and bullets flying everywhere. The visual gags in the background add to the description of the character’s personalities and the mystery they are trying to solve.
The World’s End (2013)
Five friends from yesteryear meet up to complete a legendary drinking path pub crawl. But they are invaded by blue light glowing aliens in their hometown who are looking to indoctrinate them into their network. The friends went through different paths in life with success in work, family and marriage. But 40-year-old Gary King retains his immaturity while battling alcoholism and in the way of a midlife crisis and depression.
This film is more dramatic and bleak than the other films in the trilogy. It has a similar bleakness for the future like most retro 1950s horror films like Invasion of the Body Snatchers and The Day of the Triffids from which the film grew inspiration. The mint chocolate chip ice cream cone flavour is featured in the film for the “little green men” alien nod. The film has a lot of special effects and more elaborate sets for the alien atmosphere. There are a lot of fighting and action scenes with one-on-one fight scenes than Hot Fuzz. The film still has gags in the background like the other two films, but the characters are panicky and running around looking for a way out while trying to save anyone human from the blue glowing alien hive-minded foes.