In the grand scheme of zombie apocalypse -related media, for me, Shaun of the Dead stands somewhere near the top. It’s right next to Zombies Ate My Neighbors for Super Nintendo, and I’ll tell you why: I like my zombies with a weird mix of shopping malls, 3D glasses, and squirt guns that shoot holy water. In other words, I tend to get bored when the zombie apocalypse is taken overly seriously (ala The Walking Dead).
That’s why I’m excited that the team who brought us Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz (that’s Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and producer Nira Park) are just about to unleash the third and final film in their Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy. And this time? They’re going to the end of the world.
It’s called The World’s End. You can watch the trailer right up there. When five childhood friends decide to reunite and relive an epic pub crawl from twenty years ago, things take a strange turn, and suddenly their fun night out turns into a fight to save humanity from annihilation. I think. There’s some serious Invasion of the Body Snatchers vibes going on.
This is actually the latest in what appears to be a series of apocalypse-themed movies that have popped up recently. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, This Is The End, Drew Barrymore’s The End (is that still a thing?). And let’s not forget 2011’s Apocalypse, CA.
We have to make up for that Mayan apocalypse thing somehow, I guess.
The World’s End is set for an August 23, 2013 release in the United States, and you can see worldwide release dates here.