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The Trilogy You Didn't Know Shaun Of The Dead Was A Part Of

British director Edgar Wright made a splash in the early 2000s with his brilliantly silly sitcom "Spaced" which sees twenty-somethings Tim (Simon Pegg) and Daisy (Jessica Hynes) pretend to be a couple so they can get a nice flatshare in London. From there, they go on wacky adventures with their friends, and hijinks ensue. The series helped lay the groundwork for Wright's 2004 zombie flick, "Shaun of the Dead" which stars most of the "Spaced" cast, with Pegg playing the titular hapless hero who tries to get his ex-girlfriend back in the middle of a zombie apocalypse.

Wright's energetic filmmaking style makes "Shaun of the Dead" the gold standard for horror comedies, while also being a brilliant zombie movie in its own right. It doesn't spend time establishing the cause of the outbreak; in fact, the newspapers and TV reports offer multiple culprits that act as homages to other well-known zombie movies like "Night of the Living Dead" and "28 Days Later." The recurring jokes make the audience feel like they're part of the gang when references crop up later on in the story, and it's a great way of endearing the viewer to the characters.

It has plenty of heart, as well as a killer soundtrack to boot. But did you know that "Shaun of the Dead" is part of a trilogy?

Shaun of the Dead is part of the Three Flavors Cornetto Trilogy

"Shaun of the Dead" kicks off its own truly unique series, the "Three Flavors Cornetto Trilogy," with each movie featuring a different flavored ice cream cone. Wright followed up the zombie-rom-com with 2007's "Hot Fuzz," which sees Simon Pegg play Sgt. Nicholas Angel, a dedicated police officer who is forced out of the London Metropolitan Police Force for being too successful. He takes his supposed promotion and moves to the (fictional) sleepy town of Sandford in Gloucestershire, although it isn't long before he uncovers a sinister conspiracy that directly ties into the town's idyllic nature. It riffs on classic action movies of the '90s, while also using similar repetitive jokes to "Shaun of the Dead" — like the iconic fence jump scene.

The final film in the trilogy, "The World's End," didn't arrive in theaters until 2013. The movie focuses on a group of middle-aged men who return to their hometown, Newton Haven, for a reunion pub crawl. The activity is orchestrated by Gary King (Simon Pegg), a 40-year-old alcoholic man-child who refuses to grow up. Although unbeknownst to the group, Newton Haven has been taken over by an alien alliance of planets called the Network — and the drunken antics of the gang get in the way of the alien invasion.

All three chapters of the "Three Flavors Cornetto Trilogy" examine maturity and growing up in one way or another. Shaun accepts his priorities have to change if he wants to continue being happy with Liz (Kate Ashfield) in "Shaun of the Dead," and Nicholas Angel realizes there's more to life than work in "Hot Fuzz." Lastly, Gary King is pushed to change his entire lifestyle instead of reliving his glory days as a teenager in "The World's End."