‘The World’s End’ Trailer: Edgar Wright’s Apocalypse, Revealed

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Gary King has seen better days. A middle-aged burnout, King yearns for a return to the debauched glories of yesteryear. On the 20-year anniversary of a truly epic pub crawl (that was ultimately incomplete), King gathers his former partners in crime – all now with respectable lives and careers – and drags them back on a remembrance tour of what he considers the best night of his life.

However, even as the former friends set to getting proper wasted, they realize that the town they left behind hides a secret that threatens the future of the human race. Now, King and his cohorts must muster all their courage to survive … and to reach their final destination at The World’s End.

The World’s End reunites director Edgar Wright (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) with frequent collaborators Simon Pegg (Star Trek: Into Darkness) and Nick Frost (Attack the Block). Also in on the shenanigans are Martin Freeman (Sherlock), Paddy Considine (Hot Fuzz), and Eddie Marsan (Snow White and the Huntsman).

The Worlds End First Poster The Worlds End Trailer: Edgar Wrights Apocalypse, Revealed

This first trailer for The World’s End reveals at long last exactly what the film’s central disaster will be. Rather than the initial reports of a nonspecific apocalypse, we can now confirm that The World’s End involves a good-ol’-fashioned alien invasion. Shades of Invasion of the Body Snatchers (complete with accusatory shrieking) and The War of the Worlds (notice the dodged tripod leg) abound.

Fans have been waiting with bated breath for the final installment of the “Blood and Ice Cream” or “Three Flavors Cornetto” trilogy of parodies since 2007′s Hot Fuzz – and it looks as if the wait has been completely worth it. With its US release date officially moved from October to August, The World’s End is something a final capper for the summer blockbuster season. If this first glimpse is anything to go by, The World’s End will close out the season with one heck of a bang.


The World’s End will invade theaters on August 23rd, 2013.

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  1. I love Simon Pegg and Nick Frost’s movies. I always get a good laugh.

  2. Oh my god that classic fence jump!

    • :-D

    • I saw that too and smiled with glee!

  3. Omg yes! Another masterpiece incoming!

    • probably, considering everything he’s done since spaced has sucked donkey knackers. But Im also a glutton for punishment and an embittered ex pegg fan, I may have to give this a go.

      Ive got a bad feeling about this

  4. Awesome, can’t wait. Edgar Wright is one of my favourite directors. I’ve enjoyed all of his films since Shaun of the Dead.

  5. Yeah, these movies may not be big budget blockbusters with mindblowing plots, but you can be darn sure that you’ll laugh your butt off when it comes to these films!

  6. fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuk yeeeeeeeeeeeeeh

  7. The final film that ends the cornetto trilogy!

  8. It looks amazing. I can’t wait.

  9. Im not really familiar with this trilogy. what are the other two movies? It looks really interesting and Im looking forward to seeing it. Thanks!

    • Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz.

    • It says it right there in the trailer: Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. ;)

  10. Well, if you are going to do a pub crawl, England and Ireland are the places to do it.

    Did one many moons ago when I was over in London attending a friends Wedding.

    15 Pubs…15 Pints….18 HOURS.

    • the number of pints is supposed to atleast double the number of pubs u visit! lol u basically just had one drink in each pub. thats a rubbish pub crawl! come to ireland we’ll show u how to do it properly! :)

      Film looks brilliant!

      • Come to Ireland?


        MY WIFE IS IRISH! We go on vacation to Dublin every other year.

        The reason I had 1 pint per pub, as my friends all double up on theirs. It was the the day before the Wedding, it Started at 6am and lasted till 12 am day of the wedding. The Wedding was at 3pm…How drunk do you think a groom should be at the alter?

        But, since you put it out there…ITS ON LIKE DONKEY KONG! :)

  11. A bit too much of a rehash of Shaun of the Dead. I expected something a little more original than just body snatcher zombies with glowing orifices. The jokes were mostly lame, too. All things considered I must say that I’m kinda disappointed and very much underwhelmed by this.

    • Yeah I kind of feel the same, they should have picked another genre to focus on, this has been done before, suppose they are quite limited now tho with what they can poke fun at, there are so many movies out now that have similar themes!

      Maybe a decent hospital or fire station based comedy would have been fun, London’s Burning and Casualty on crack!

      • Well how about we don’t just make assumptions that the movie is going to be disappointing just because they’re doing another apocalypse setting. Last I checked from the trailer, this seems to be a pretty decent branching off from Shaun of the Dead. It’s aliens instead of zombies, they added fantastic actors like Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, and apparently it’s supposed to be social science fiction, focusing more on the psychological part of science fiction. So I think it’s unique enough, so I’m going to remain optimistic for this film.

        • Benedict cumberbatch…. he is not in this film

          • but actors like benedict cumberbatch are in it. British ones.

  12. the fence jump made it in! yes!

  13. Ok i get it.. Its part of the Cornetto trilogy but not direct sequels of each other. Sounds cool. Will definitely watch it!

    • Exactly. These movies share some of the same actors, similar themes and settings but they have different characters and stories. They are called the Cornetto trilogy, because that tasty ice in a waffle has made a little cameo in Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, and most likely will appear in The World’s End as well.

      • You’ve got red on you.

      • Want anything from the shop?

  14. Finally a movie about the Great British pub crawl.. I anticipate a drinking game a la Withnail and I on its DVD release…

  15. this combo never fails. this will be fantastic.

  16. Hahaha! Awesome!

  17. All signs point to this being pretty fantastic.
    I’m on record here saying that I love Hot Fuzz even more than Shaun of the Dead. That movie IMO is on par with Arrested Development with it’s layered comedy and the little gems that I’m still discovering with each viewing.
    So it goes without saying that I’m pretty excited and happy that Wright, Frost & Pegg get to finish their “trilogy”.

    • I’m with ya. Hot Fuzz has many little nuances the emerge with each subsequent viewing. I have high hopes for World’s End.

  18. If it’s anything like Shaun of the Dead or Hot Fuzz we’re in for the funniest movie of the year.

  19. Edgar Wright is incredible. The fact that he is the one doing Ant-man has me thrilled.

  20. The beer tour was a great movie idea until the aliens showed up.

  21. I’m there opening night.

    Good to see some great British talent on screen including League of Gentleman’s Reece Shearsmith.

  22. This’ll make up for paul…ugh…seth rogan…

  23. Their three movies are not parodies. Parodies are ‘Scary Movie 12′ etc. Their films are homages to genre movies.

  24. Awesome!

  25. Looks so funny.