The trilogy is a mainstay of Hollywood. Lord of the Rings, Back to the Future, Star Wars (actually in the process of becoming a trilogy of trilogies): all franchises that have gone on to rake in massive box set sales.
But there are some films out there that form a whole different kind of trilogy. ‘Thematic’ trilogies if you will, in that they’re linked by similar tones, themes or even film-making techniques. Just because these films don’t follow the same narrative as what’s come before them, and don’t have a number tacked on to the ends of their titles, doesn’t mean we can’t regard them as being part of the same trilogy. Hot Fuzz wasn’t Shaun of the Dead 2, but both films are indeed in the same trilogy.
Alex Nelson takes a look at eleven cinematic trios that transcend sequential storytelling.