Tuesday, October 23, 2007


The Wilhelm Scream is one of those Hollywood inside jokes. Originally recorded in 1951's "Distant Drums" and reused in 1953's "The Charge at Feather River", it's a scream for when someone is hurt so much that they don't mind letting out a high-pitched yelp.

After a few more movie recurrences, it was noticed by sound designer Ben Burtt, who took it as his signature and snuck it into dozens of movies, including all of the "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones" films.

The next time you see a movie, listen carefully, and if you're lucky you might hear it.

Here's another video showing the scream in more recent movies.


Blogger Aaron said...

Cool link John.

October 25, 2007 at 11:42:00 AM PDT  

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