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August 14, 2006

The Wilhelm Scream

Hey all, who knows about the Wilhelm Scream? Not the band, but rather the sound affect from the 50s that's been in countless movies since. That's right, a "scream" made by a character named Wilhelm in a movie from the 50s has been used in the Star Wars Trilogy, Indiana Jones movies, and many many others. Peter Jackson is a fan of the scream (which was labelled in the film archives at first as "man being eaten alive by an alligator"), and used it in King Kong and his LOTR movies.

Once you know to listen for it, it makes watching action films rather fun because it's very recognizable. And even though it sounds like an urban legend, it's true.

Posted by jason on August 14, 2006 12:50 AM


I have always known about that, but I've never hear examples of it strung together like that. Pretty funny.

Posted by: Collin-Band Member on August 14, 2006 08:09 AM

Big fan of the Wilhelm. One of my favorite movie characters!!!

Posted by: Susan on August 14, 2006 03:53 PM

I love hearing that in movies. I always turn to susan and give her a high-5. then I perfectly recreate the sound in the movie theatre. its always awesome

Posted by: jaysonjaz on August 14, 2006 10:02 PM

This is one of the best mp3 files around


listen to it over and over and over

Posted by: jaysonjaz on August 14, 2006 10:06 PM

Jaz, you get 4 stars for your great comments above. You crack me up man.

Posted by: Collin-Band Member on August 14, 2006 11:30 PM

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