Prepare to Get Annihilated: The World's End Trailer
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Prepare to Get Annihilated: The World's End Trailer

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | May 23, 2013 | Comments ()


Is there really anything clever left to say about this film at this point? (No, there's not. But by god, I have space to fill, or Dustin will start executing hostages, and I actually like one or two of them). Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Edgar Wright. The only way this film could look better on paper would be if Benedict Cumberbatch ends up with a cameo. And yes, under the perfectly reasonable assumption that Edgar Wright reads my scribblings regularly, that is a suggestion that warrants a week of reshoots if necessary. Put it on my tab.

Here's the latest trailer, including a few seconds of Edgar Wright at the start, for no particularly compelling reason other than the fact that he wanted to.

I do love how completely against type they have all the actors playing in the film so far, with Frost playing the straight man and Pegg going the wacky route.

Of course if there has to be a criticism, I would express some reservations about the film's place wrapping up an informal trilogy with Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. Both of those films lovingly lambasted the tropes of a particular very specific genre film. This one though has got the whole pod people (albeit with robots as the villains) set up. That's a much more specific sub-genre of film to target, and not one that has been particularly popular for quite some time. Hell, the last film I can really recall that loosely fits the mold is The Watch, which was also lampooning such films, though atrociously.

But other than that concern, it looks fantastic.

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  • Colleeeeeeeen

    Perhaps this image could lend some credibility to the cameo wish... :)

  • Uriah_Creep

    Dustin will start executing hostages, and I actually like one or two of them

    Well there's your problem; you need to take a lesson from TK.

  • ohwhitneykay

    Feel like a total brit-com neophyte here, but when I saw the header image, coupled with the "The World's End" title, my brain crossed wires and I thought this was going to be a triumphant scene in "This is the End" wherein two dude crews from across the pond face off in some post-apocalyptic funny rumble.

  • AlexW

    Simon Pegg as a washed up Goth rock star running around in a Sisters of Mercy shirt? Swooooooon.

  • emmalita

    The World's End would have to fail spectacularly to disappoint me. I'd love it if it met or exceeded the bar set by Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz ("the greater good"), but I'll be happy if it entertains me, and makes me giggle a couple of times. The trailer looks promising.

  • John G.

    Nick Frost appears to be the smart one in this turn, so maybe our Cornetto reference will come from Pegg this time.

  • BWeaves

    What is Cornetto? I tried looking it up on the internets and the definition is all over the place. A curved woodwind instrument, ice cream, a croissant, a convenience store run by Indians, a creepy stalker, and a dildo you keep in the freezer.

    Except for the convenience store, the only thing all the defs have in common is that they are vaguely penis shaped.

  • emmalita


  • Mrs. Julien

    They call that a "drumstick" where I'm from.

  • John G.

    Shaun of the Dead, Hott Fuzz and The World's End are a trilogy. Their only links are Pegg, Frost and Wright and the mention once in each movie of the cornetto ice cream treat.

  • emmalita

    Pegg and Wright have been all over Twitter about Cornetto, so SOMEONE is making a Cornetto reference.

  • Guest

    "Edgar Wright here, director of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz..."

    You don't need to be ashamed of Scott Pilgrim Edgar.

  • Fredo

    But he seems to be.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I...feel like it's too similar to Shaun of the Dead? just from the trailer.

    But I'm loving douchey (surprisingly sexy) Simon Pegg.

  • BWeaves

    Yeah, what I said below, but I have to agree with douchy Simon Pegg coming off as kinda sexy. Dammit. I don't want to find a doucey guy hot.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I know. And...I kinda like his hair that way. I'm very confused right now.

  • NateMan

    It does have a bit too much of that feel. Stuck in a pub, pretending to be like the monsters you're hiding from... I still have high hopes, though.

  • BWeaves

    Yeah, it reminds me of the first 3 Indiana Jones movies. The first one is great. In the second one, they try to do something completely different. Then in the third one, they go back to what worked the first time around.

  • koko temur

    i never knew i had such strong feelings about fence gags before this trilogy.

  • zeke_the_pig

    I so badly want this film to be so damn good that I'm so bloody worried that it'll be anything less than the so incredibly high standards that I've set for it that I'm afraid I just blue myself

  • John G.

    IMPOSSIBLE. Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, & Nick Frost. it can't be bad.

  • anon

    what about "Paul"? That sucked.

  • John G.

    Paul had no Edgar Wright

  • Guest

    No Wright.

    *And it was Written by Universal Pictures.

  • BWeaves

    You got blue on you.

  • zeke_the_pig

    Look at you, Michael, you're a mess

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