Wilhelm: A Tribute

Ever hear THIS before? Oh, yes, you have. The Wilhelm death scream might sound ridiculous when heard by itself, but blended into the soundtrack of a movie, it somehow works. And, boy, has it ever been blended.

Steve Lee at Hollywood Lost and Found has an extensive list of its movie appearances, including Them!, A Star is Born, and Willow. It’s a favorite of George Lucas’ sound designer, Ben Burtt, appearing in just about every Star Wars and Indiana Jones film.

NPR’s On the Media has a nice feature story about the origins and continued use of this strange little sound clip.

[ Culled from the choice linkage at Shattered Buddha ]

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  1. It’s enough to make you scream

    Here’s a fascinating look … or listen … at the “Wilhelm,” a sound effect of a screaming man that’s been

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