We’ve long known that the third part of Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost’s so-called Three Flavours Cornetto Triology—which began with instant cult classics Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz—would be a sci-fi entry. But exactly how that genre would manifest in the hands of some serious geeks who like to turn blockbuster conventions on their head? That was anyone’s guess, really. Till now.
The World’s End is introduced as being about a guys’ night out, a pub crawl with a group of old friends that culminates at the establishment for which the film is apparently named. One expects a Hangover retread, almost. But all is not what it seems in the town where they hope to get soused.
As is the case for these dudes going all the way back to fanboy sitcom Spaced, the allusions come thick and fast. From the teaser alone I get the vibe that The World’s End is an homage to invasion films like Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Village of the Damned, and maybe even The Stepford Wives—with a healthy dose of British urban alien thriller Attack the Block. Heck, even Shaun of the Dead is referenced with a fence-jumping gag. All of which suggests we have a lot more to look forward to here.