You may have heard the term ‘The Cornetto Trilogy’, but what does it mean? What is The Cornetto Trilogy and why is it given this name?

In this post I will explain what The Cornetto Trilogy is, who appears in each film, and a few other key details about the series.



What is The Cornetto Trilogy?

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The Cornetto Trilogy refers to a collection of movies directed by English writer/director, Edgar Wright. The trilogy is also known as The Three Flavour Cornetto Trilogy or The Blood and Ice Cream Trilogy.

What are the films in The Cornetto Trilogy?

The three films in the collection are Shaun of the Dead (2004), Hot Fuzz (2007) and The World’s End (2013).

Why are the films known as The Cornetto Trilogy?

The films are referred to as The Cornetto Trilogy because each movie includes a scene in which a Cornetto – a popular ice cream in the UK – is either eaten or referenced. The Cornetto Trilogy name is also a riff on the Three Colours film trilogy (1993-1994) – the work of Polish film director, Krzysztof Kieślowski.

Who wrote the films in The Cornetto Trilogy?

All three films in The Cornetto Trilogy were written by Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg.

Are the films in The Cornetto Trilogy connected?

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Each entry in The Cornetto Trilogy tells a different story, with a new set of characters and situations. The films are also categorised by different genres:

  • Shaun of the Dead – Horror/Comedy (paying homage to films by George A. Romero)
  • Hot Fuzz – Action/Comedy (paying homage to The Wicker Man)
  • The World’s End – Sci-fi/Comedy (paying homage to the work of John Wyndham)

Who are the stars of The Cornetto Trilogy?

Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are the main stars of The Cornetto Trilogy. The actors appear in every entry in the series, albeit in different roles.

In Shaun of the Dead, Simon Pegg plays the role of Shaun, while Nick Frost plays Ed. In Hot Fuzz, Pegg plays Nicholas Angel, while Nick Frost plays Danny Butterman. In The World’s End, Pegg takes on the part of Gary King, with Frost playing Andy Knightley.

Does The Cornetto Trilogy contain famous actors?

The trilogy as a whole contains a large collection of well-known British actors. Notable actors include Lucy Davis, Dylan Moran, Penelope Wilton, Bill Nighy, Jessica Stevenson, Peter Serafinowicz, Rafe Spall, Martin Freeman, Reece Shearsmith, Matt Lucas, Jim Broadbent, Paddy Considine, Timothy Dalton, Edward Woodward, Bill Bailey, David Bradley, Olivia Colman, Martin Freeman, Anne Reid, Eddie Marsan, Rosamund Pike, and Pierce Brosnan.


What is the most profitable movie in The Cornetto Trilogy?

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The films in The Cornetto Trilogy have taken the following amounts of money at the box office:

  • Shaun of the Dead (2004) – $30,039,392
  • Hot Fuzz (2007) – $80,577,265
  • The World’s End (2013) – $46,089,287

(Source: Box Office Mojo)

Which entry in The Cornetto Trilogy is the best?

All three entries in The Cornetto Trilogy are well regarded by fans. According to Rotten Tomatoes, the films have the following scores:

  • Shaun of the Dead (2004) – 92%
  • Hot Fuzz (2007) – 91%
  • The World’s End (2013) – 89%


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