Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Term of the Day: Wilhelm Scream

The Wilhelm Scream is a high-pitched male scream sound effect. It was first used in the 1951 film Distant Drums. It has since become something of a sound effects cliche/inside joke, having appeared in about a zillion movies since then (including the latest Indiana Jones and Pirates of the Caribbean movies). Now that I know what it sounds like, I'll listen for it future movies. And now you can, too. Of course, there's a YouTube video that explains everything ever so nicely, and samples the scream repeatedly.

(HT: Grishnash via email)

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