• The Wilhelm Scream!
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  • It's been rehashed too much! Kill it with fire!

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    The Wilhelm Scream!

    The Wilhelm Scream

    This is quite possibly the best sound effect that Hollywood has ever created, in my opinion. The best thing about it is that while the origins of the scream date back to an old 1950's western movie, it can still be heard throughout all genres of cinema and is still used liberally today. Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Sin City, 1989's Batman, and more used this sound sample most likely for humorous dramatic effect whenever an unimportant extra in the movie dies or gets injured.

    I'd like to know what you think about The Wilhelm Scream. Do you like it, do you find it annoying, or are you one of those people who looks up Wilhelm Scream Compilation videos on Youtube for nonstop laughs?

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    RE: The Wilhelm Scream!

    I think directors using the sound effect as in-joke would probably have been cool for maybe... 10 years? at a stretch. I'll admit, before I knew exactly what it was, I got a kick out of hearing it in a few different movies, but now, I hear it so often I just kind of wish they'd find something different. My biggest complaint is that it never seems to fit, and it's as if directors will look for any excuse to use it. Yes, I find it annoying. Perhaps if it was used less often, it might not irritate me as much.

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    RE: The Wilhelm Scream!

    I'm not a big fan of rehashed sound effects. For instance, I keep hearing the sound effects used in Doom in so many other things. EVEN OUTLAW STAR!
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    RE: The Wilhelm Scream!

    Meh, whatever. To each his own. I personally burst out laughing every time I hear it. Not always because of the sound itself, but because of how out-of-place it is. I remember playing God of War III, and when I heard the scream in the opening cutscene, I couldn't take the rest of the scene seriously because I was laughing.

    Maybe that's why some people don't like it very much.
    A boy has the right to dream. There are endless possibilities stretched out before him. What awaits him down the path he will then have to choose; the boy doesn't always know. At some point the boy then becomes an adult, and learns what he was able to become. Joy and sadness will forever accompany this. He is confronted with a choice; when this happens, does he bid his past farewell in his heart? Once a boy becomes an adult, he can no longer go back to being a boy; the boy is now a man. Only one thing can be said: "A boy has the right to dream.". For those endless possibilities are stretched out before him.

    We must remember...all men were once boys.

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    It's only good if it's placed in a scene properly. Otherwise I'll just get jolted out of whatever mood I'm in watching the movie/show and then I'll get annoyed. It's too the point where it's just annoying to me because everyone and their mother wants to use it for a cheap shock value.

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    I'm with SereneAngel. If used well, Wilhem can be great. IMO, it works well in comedies. It just sounds so odd and out of place, that it can to the comedy. It doesn't work as well in action movies, though...

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    I like it, usually it's placed in an action scene where the death or injury isn't very serious like a side enemy or something (in recent memory for me), so I get a kick out of it. I don't watch movies too often though, so it might be that I just happen to watch instances where it's used well, and not annoyingly. As mentioned OP's post, the Star Wars usage of the sound is the one I remember first, and it gets me every time.

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