Sunday, May 24, 2009

History of the Wilhelm Scream

What is the "Wilhelm Scream" you may ask? Well, even if you never heard of it, if you have been a moderate watcher of movies for some period during the last 50 years, you have surely heard it several times.

The "Scream" is basically a stock sound effect scream that originated in a 'B' movie from 50's and has resurfaced repeatedly in movies ever since -- everything from old westerns to 'Star Wars, ' 'Toy Story,' and 'Batman Returns.' It is named for a character in a Western (Private Wilhelm, pictured above) who is portrayed as issuing this scream.

Here is a brief history from Wikipedia:

And a compilation found on You-Tube:

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