Thursday, August 21st — The Wilhelm Scream

August 21, 2008

Today I Learned…

…about the Wilhelm Scream.  It’s a sound effect that is used /extremely/ frequently in both movies and video games.  From Wikipedia: “The Wilhelm’s revival came from Star Wars series sound designer Ben Burtt, who tracked down the original recording (which he found as a studio reel labeled “Man being eaten by alligator“). Although Distant Drums was the first known use of the sound, Burtt named it after “Pvt. Wilhelm”, a minor character who emitted the same scream in the 1953 film The Charge at Feather River.”

Once you hear it, I’m sure you’ll recognize it.  Check out this compliation video I found on


2 Responses to “Thursday, August 21st — The Wilhelm Scream”

  1. Shawna Says:

    I *love* tracking Wilhelm screams. I believe I counted three in The Two Towers…Have to watch the movies again to be sure, but once you’re aware of it you hear it EVERYWHERE.

  2. Shawna Says:

    Also, Ben Burtt rocks my world. That man is seriously talented.

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