Monday, October 01, 2007

In space, no one can hear Wilhelm





The Wilhelm Scream is a stock sound effect first used in 1951 for the movie Distant Drums. Actor-singer Sheb Wooley is considered to be the most likely voice actor for the scream, having appeared on a memo as a voice extra for the movie. It became something of an inside joke among movie sound editors, who would often add it not only into the expected action and horror genres, but movies such as A Star Is Born (1954), Toy Story (1995) and, in what has to be some sort of record, every single Star Wars and Indiana Jones movie to date.

A list of the 136 (and counting) films in which The Wilhelm Scream has been used.


A compilation of just some of the Wilhelm spottings.



A little more in-depth background on the history of the Wilhelm Scream.



Another type of screaming from the Jim Jarmusch classic "Down By Law".

A shout-out scream-out to Steve at The Full Circle for Wilhelm tipoff.

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2 comments:

Ze Rock Butcher said...

I can't believe you didn't use the image from Edvard Munch's "The Scream". Maybe next time.

This Steve @ The Full Circle seems like quite a swell guy. So intelligent. So concise.

"I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream". x 100 times.

Al Jolson's Photo Negative said...

Is there such a thing as "too much information"? Ummmm...no.