Saturday, October 03, 2009

The Wilhelm Scream....It's Everywhere!!!!

I like useless little bits of TV and movie trivia, like this list of top 10 sound effects we all recognize, compiled over at Listverse, including the Wilhelm Scream.

The Wilhelm scream is a frequently-used film and television stock sound effect first used in 1951 for the film "Distant Drums". The effect gained new popularity (its use often becoming an in-joke) after it was used in Star Wars and many other blockbuster films as well as television programs and video games. The scream is often used when someone is falling to his death from great height.

Watch, listen, and smile...

It's remarkable to me how I won't recognize recycled sounds in movies and TV shows, but will almost always notice a reused piece of music score in a trailer for a new movie or TV series and call *fail*.

Still don't know why its called the 'Wilhelm' scream though.


blindmind said...

Apparently -(and I only know this because I put my Google-fu to work to try and add to this awesome post), the SECOND film this scream was used it was, "The Charge at Feather River" (1953).

It was used three times total in that flick and the first time the scream is heard it's when a soldier, Pvt. Wilhelm gets hit with an arrow.

I checked the IMDB listing for "Charge" and there is indeed a Pvt. Wilhelm who was played by Ralph Brooks.

Cool stuff.

wcdixon said...

And there you go...thanks Matt.