The World's End (2013) Poster


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The poster for "The King's Head" pub features Simon Pegg as a king in a painted portrait.
The bartenders ("publicans") of the first two bars are, by complete coincidence, real-life cousins Teddy Kempner and Mark Kempner, who hadn't seen in each other in years until they were reunited at the audition, according to director Edgar Wright.
The main characters' surnames all have royal/court connections: (Gary) King, (Andy) Knightly, (Peter) Page, (Steven) Prince, (Oliver) Chamberlain.
As this is the conclusion of the unofficial "Cornetto Trilogy", the characters are seen eating peppermint with chocolate chip ice-cream--what the Cornetto green wrapper represents. According to Edgar Wright, green represents science-fiction and extraterrestrial elements, which is the main motif in the film. For Wright's other films, Shaun of the Dead (2004) used red / strawberry flavor, symbolizing blood and zombies, while the second part, Hot Fuzz (2007), it was blue/ vanilla symbolizing the police.
The fruit machine in The King's Head has the same tune as the fruit machines that are featured prominently in both Shaun of the Dead (2004) and Hot Fuzz (2007). The machine featured in each movie is, ooh aah dracula
The girl sitting next to Gary in the opening group therapy scene is played by Nicola Cunningham, who had previously appeared in Shaun of the Dead (2004) as "Bloody" Mary (the zombie girl who shows up in Shaun and Ed's garden). In addition to Nicola Cunningham, Peter Serafinowicz was also in Shaun of the Dead (2004) as Shaun's roommate "Pete".
All of the parking lots in Newton Haven (with the exception of side streets that the shot passes on) are populated with Vauxhall Amperas in different colors, foreshadowing the underlying uniformity that is affecting the town. Also, the Vauxhall Ampera is a plug-in electric car, which is another reference to the robots.
When Sam joins the boys at The Old Familiar, everyone stands to greet her except for Gary. This alludes to their medieval names (King, Knight[ley], Page, Chamberlain, Prince) where everyone in the king's court would rise to greet a visitor except for the king himself.
The poster for 'The Mermaid' features three mermaids: two blondes and a redhead in the middle, a reference to the Marmalade Sandwich.
The movie poster is a reworking of the poster from the not-so-appreciated End of the World (1977), which was based on alien doubles on world conquest.
At the end of the opening monologue/flashback, when Gary and Andy are looking out over the town from the hillside, to the upper left of the screen, a shooting star can be seen for a quick instant.
Early in the film when Oliver is on the phone with his sister Sam, he teasingly asks, "You get lost on the ring road again?" Much later in the film she says she is late because she got lost on the ring road.
They mention that Sam and Steven were in a production of 'Cabaret'. Moments later Gary greets Sam with the words "Willkommen, Bienvenue, Welcome" which is title of a well known song from 'Cabaret'.
When the guys try to place calls after the fight in the bathroom and can't get through, Andy says "It must be the network" which it is, since the alien force calls itself The Network.
At the first pub, after Gary is mocking Andy for drinking water. Andy replies by saying, "There's nothing 'ooh ducky' about being teetotal, about walking into a pub after a rugby match and ordering a tap water at a bar packed full of big ugly bastards wearing warpaint. That, my friend, takes confidence, yeah? I'm talking balls." Gary does exactly this at the end of the movie.
When the gang enters the Beehive after fleeing the Mermaid, the book Pierce Brosnan is reading is Aldous Huxley's dystopian classic "Brave New World".
The irony of a pub crawl in Letchworth is that, until 1995, the town (designed by Ebenezer Howard) only had four pubs and two hotel bars, which for a British town of 30,000 is incredibly low. Even now, and with a 2011 population of just over 37,000, the town has only seven pubs and a single hotel bar.
In addition to references to the movies The Thing (1982) and The Stepford Wives (1975), Edgar Wright credits the posters for these movies as inspiration. Though it does not appear in the actual film it promotes, the image of the man standing and his head is lit up, obscuring his appearance, from the poster for "The Thing" led to Wright's idea that the blanks have their faces light up. On the poster for the original "The Stepford Wives", Katharine Ross' head lies shattered on the floor, like a Christmas bauble or an Easter egg. This inspired Wright to have the blanks' heads be very breakable.
Rosamund Pike almost didn't get the part, as she was pregnant when filming was meant to begin. Eventually, work was rescheduled for all of them.
The film progresses through three increasingly larger negative formats: The opening flashback footage is standard 16mm, from then up until the robots appear it's 3-perf Super 35, and from then it's 4-perf Panavision anamorphic until the ending scenes, which switch back to Super 35.
After the fight in the bathroom, when the guys try to place calls, the "your call cannot be connected" messages they hear are voiced by Bill Nighy. The barely audible voice on the phone in the Trusty Servant speaking to Rev. Green is also Nighy, and when the blank of Adrian Keane approaches Sam in the club, his line is voiced by Nighy as well.
Nick Frost's character works for the Beckingham Davies Knightley LLB law firm. Beckingham is Simon Pegg's father's surname. Davies is Nick Frost's mother's maiden name.
This film completes what Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright refer to as "The Blood and Ice Cream Trilogy". The other two are Shaun of the Dead (2004) and Hot Fuzz (2007).
The majority of the film was shot in Letchworth Garden City, with some extra filming taking place in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, with many of the local pubs being used like "The Tavern", "The Collonade", and "The Three Magnets". The actual pub named "THE WORLDS END" in the movie is actually a pub called "The Gardeners Arms" located on Wilbury Hills Road, Letchworth Garden City, Herts. Other locations include the Broadway cinema that was renamed "The Mermaid" and Letchworth Train Station that was renamed "The Hole In The Wall".
The location of Letchworth Garden City where the majority of the movie is filmed is also home to the United Kingdom's First Roundabout, which was built in 1909.
This is the second film in the unofficial trilogy to include a former James Bond (Timothy Dalton had been in Hot Fuzz (2007)), and the first to include a former Bond babe: both Pierce Brosnan and Rosamund Pike had previously worked together as protagonists in Die Another Day (2002).
Throughout the movie you can hear some GSM-interference-like noises blended into the film's score. This foreshadows the true nature of the alien invaders "the network"
When Gary gets to "The Hole in the Wall," Steven drives a car through the pub, leaving a large hole in the wall.
Luke Bromley (young Oliver) wore a prosthetic nose to create a closer likeness to Martin Freeman (Oliver Chamberlain).
Thomas Law (young Gary) was about 1-1/2 inches taller than Simon Pegg (Gary King). To make both actors the same height, Pegg wore lifts in his shoes.
In each film in the "Cornetto Trilogy", a main action scene is in a pub.
Gary also says to the guys, "I'm free to do what I want, any old time" which is a line from the song "I'm Free" by Soup Dragons.
In the scene where he beats up the Blank of the school bully, Pete (Eddie Marsan) grabs a branch off a tree and starts repeatedly smacking him on the back, almost identically to a famous scene performed by John Cleese in Fawlty Towers (1975). Darren Boyd, who plays the school bully, has previously played Cleese in the BBC comedy Holy Flying Circus (2011)
After he follows her into the ladies room Gary tells Sam "You gave me the sign." A few minutes later she literally gives him a sign.
Gary says to Andy, "Twist the melon, man," which is a line from "Step On" by Happy Mondays earlier used in the film.
This is the third movie of the cornetto trilogy in which one of the main characters jump but fails over a fence and is the second time in which Simon Pegg's character jumps but fails
The song that plays at the beginning of the movie is called "Summers Magic" by Mark Summers. It contains two BBC Radio references. The first is part of the fast-talking introduction to "It's That Man Again" (ITMA), starring Tommy Handley, a comedy show which buoyed up British morale during the worst of WWII. The show was well-known for its rapid-fire delivery. This is perhaps to set up the character of Gary King as a glib, charismatic, persuasive leader. This is followed almost immediately by the soothing narrator who told stories to mums and their toddlers in the late 1950s on "Listen With Mother"--"Are you sitting comfortably? Then we'll begin"
The pubs used in the film were renamed. In Welwyn Garden City, The Cork was temporarily The Famous Cock. The Parkway Bar was renamed The Cross Hands. The Doctors Tonic became The Old Familiar and The Peartree was transformed into The First Post.
There is a real-life "The World's End" pub in London, England.
Carrying on with the royal connections theme, in the UK describing someone as blue blooded is a colloquialism meaning they are a member of the nobility.
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Three of the actors in the movie have also starred in recent adaptations of the classic character Sherlock Holmes. Martin Freeman and Jonathan Aris have portrayed Dr. John Watson and Sgt. Anderson in Sherlock (2010), respectively. Eddie Marsan portrayed Inspector Lestrade in Sherlock Holmes (2009) and its sequel, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011).
During the filming of the apocalypse scene, several residents of Dorking in Surrey rang up the Fire Brigade because they thought nearby Box Hill was on fire.
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The 8th pub, the mermaid, is actually a cinema in real life
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When older Gary and the boys enter The First Post the song heard is "Old Red Eyes Is Back" by The Beautiful South.
The lighting in the cupboard scene with Mad Basil is a tribute to Italian horror director Mario Bava'.
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The move Gary uses that decapitates the first blank in the bathroom of The Cross Hands is called a rock bottom, perfected by Dwayne Johnson (aka "The Rock"), which is ironic/fitting since Gary is arguably at rock bottom in his life.
In the epilogue, when Gary and the young blanks are approaching the bar in The Rising Sun, there is a small sign with a number 13 over a doorway next to a British flag.
Film debut of Thomas Law.
Gary refers to himself as "the once and future king", the title of a book by T.H. White about the life of King Arthur.
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Broadway Cinema in Letchworth Garden City (the exterior of the Mermaid) had a cardboard cutout of Martin Freeman in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014).
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Simon Pegg and Eddie Marsan both appear in a "Mission Impossible" movie.
The scene where Nick Frost's character successfully jumps over the fence, while Simon Pegg's character fails to jump over it and breaks it, is the reference to another collaboration by Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and the director Edgar Wright - Hot Fuzz (2007). In "Hot Fuzz" happens opposite - Simon Pegg's character jumps over the fence, while Nick Frost's character fails.
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There is no evidence to prove whether Gary really has a child or not. While most fans think he was joking around and made the story up, some suspect he could have been telling the truth. The director obviously left it up to the viewers to make their own interpretation.
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Rosamund Pike's character's name in this movie is Sam. She also plays a character named Sam in Doom (2005).
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When exiting The Mermaid, the poster saying school disco shows many young men and women with glowing eyes and standing in awkward zombie-like positions, possibly referencing the zombies from Shaun of the Dead (2004).
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The fruit machine sound that can be heard in the King's Head is also used in both Shaun of the Dead (2004) and Hot Fuzz (2007).
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During the argument scene, The Network asked Gary 'Just what is it that you want to do?' Gary replied, 'We wanna be free, we wanna be free to, to do what we wanna do...we wanna get loaded, and we wanna have a good time!' is a line taken from the song Loaded by Primal Scream.
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At 1h 18m 33s - shows Letchworth Train Station that was renamed "The Hole In The Wall" and dressed up as a pub. Only half the building (RHS) was the train station, the left hand side is a wine bar called La Concha. Hence the film makers managed to turn a wine bar back into a pub.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Each of the names of the 12 pubs featured foreshadows events that take place there. The first pub they visit is 'The First Post'; The interior of 'The Old Familiar' is exactly the same as 'The First Post'; Gary King is finally recognized as the banned teenager in 'The Famous Cock'; they work together during a fight at 'The Cross Hands'; All of the guys are acting like they are happy except, Gary which is reflected in the sign for the "Good Companion" which shows four sad masks and a happy one; the drug dealer Rev. Green is met in 'The Trusted Servant'; the bitchy twins are met in 'The Two-Headed Dog'; at 'The Mermaid', the characters are tempted to their downfall by beautiful women; the characters fight off swarms of enemies at 'The Beehive'; at 'The King's Head', Gary King makes a last stand and decides to continue his journey without anyone else's help; a car is driven through 'The Hole in the Wall', leaving a hole in the wall and the events that transpire at 'The World's End' lead to the end of the world.
Edgar Wright admitted that a lot of thought went into the costumes of the characters. Some of the clothes foreshadow what happens to the characters in the film: Peter and Oliver wear blue, foreshadowing that they will become Blanks, and both Steven and Sam wear red, foreshadowing that they will become a couple. Gary dresses in the same outfit as his teenage self as an homage to a way a soldier might 'suit up' before going into battle or committing suicide.
Look closely at the decor of each one of the pubs. The 'number' of the pub (according to the order it is visited in The Golden Mile) will appear prominently somewhere on a chalkboard or sign within it, or on the table that Gary and the group are sitting at.
Aside from the appearance of a Cornetto ice cream cone, a uniting theme of the three movies in the Cornetto Trilogy is a gag where one character tries to hop over a fence, only for it to collapse under him. In this movie it occurs when King is trying to outrun the blanks on his own.
As the young Gary in the opening flashback stares out at the dawn, a shooting star (later referenced as the alien arrival) can be seen quickly zipping across the sky.
The couple that Oliver is showing the house to in the beginning of the film is the same couple that his blank is showing a house to at the end.
When the town is first seen from the top of the hill as the characters drive past, Gary King remarks that they should get a good look at the colors, because they're going to paint the town red. At the end of the movie, this shot is mirrored, with the town on fire and glowing red.
The opening narration by Simon Pegg about the original pub crawl the friends failed to complete is a blow-by-blow foreshadowing of what happens to the characters later on in the film.
In the last scene of the movie, when Gary says "They call me the king" he strikes the same pose as Aragorn in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
All of the Blanks wear blue or green.
Gary King is adorned by merchandise for The Sisters of Mercy, a seminal goth band from the 1980s. His post-apocalyptic cowboy attire closely resembles attire worn by Andrew Eldritch, the lead singer of the Sisters of Mercy, in their music video for "Black Planet".
Each movie in the "Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy" features a different flavor of Cornetto. There is a red Cornetto in Shaun of the Dead (2004) and a blue one in Hot Fuzz (2007). The final Cornetto makes its appearance here during the epilogue, when Andy says he does not miss processed foods. A green Cornetto wrapper then blows into the fence in front of him, and he follows it longingly with his gaze as it drifts away.
Early in the film, when it's flashing through all of the characters as adults, we see Peter reading a newspaper with the front page story's headline reading "New Survey Suggests Happier Britain." This is a foreshadowing to the widespread of The Network's control.
Peasants in the Czech lands (at the time a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire) who revolted against rich landowners in the late 19th century were called "robotniks," derived from the Czech words for "work" and "forced labor" and an older Slavic term for "slave."
The final tavern in the post-apocalyptic world visited by Gary and the four Blanks is "The Rising Sun".
Across the town, several depictions of the Network apparition can be seen: the face of the statue is five slits across the head; there are several drapes throughout the scene getting to the tenth pub show the five lines. Also, after entering pub 12, two signs saying "welcome, join our club" in reference to the intentions of the network.
The dialogue heard at the close of the prologue ("We wanna be free...") is part of Primal Scream's song "Loaded" (which is itself sampled from The Wild Angels (1966)). Gary later quotes the same dialogue to The Network.
The appearance of Gary and the four blanks at the end of the movie, when they are approaching the Rising Sun, is a reference to the Fields of the Nephilim, another seminal goth band from the 1980s (besides The Sisters of Mercy) whose image has always been that of dusty, post-apocalyptic cowboys.
After the Network deactivates at the end of the film, a telephone dial tone can be heard, as though it has hung up.
Gary mentions the "knife game" from Aliens (1986), a scene in which it is revealed that Bishop (Lance Henriksen is a robot. In the previous film, Alien (1979), Ash (Ian Holm) is revealed to be a robot. In this film, Oliver (Martin Freeman) is revealed to be a robot. Holm and Freeman have both played Bilbo Baggins.
When Oliver's blank tries to make the gang think Basel could be a blank trying to lure them all to the edge of town where he can deal with them,Pete exclaims they could end up dead in a field,and how he hates fields.Later,Pete attacks Shane Hawkins' Blank and ends up being killed by blanks,ending up dead in a field.
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Early on, Gary complains that Oliver/Ollie was "all mouth", which is more or less how he ends up.
When talking about The Three Musketeers, Gary says, "I think they missed the trick only having three cause then they'd have five then two could have died and they'd still have three left." later Peter Page and Oliver Chamberlain are killed and replaced (two), leaving Gary, Steven and Andy (three).

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