The World’s Most Famous Scream!

Posted on March 10, 2009. Filed under: Trivia | Tags: , , , |

Those of you who saw this weeks QI will know where this came from, but after my sister sent me the youtube link I thought I should share it with some more people because it really is weird.

The Wilhem Scream is the most used sound effect in cinematic history.  It turns up in everything from Star Wars to Toy Story and yet people don’t realise how much its overused.   Once you’ve started noticing it though you can’t miss it.

The story goes that sound designer Ben Burtt heard it being used The Charge at Feather River (naming it after Private Wilhelm) and then began incorporating it into every film he worked on as a sort of calling card.

Check out the video:

(This video isn’t mine etc etc…)

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