All Time Worst: Movie Sound Effect

June 24, 2010 at 9:41 am

All Time Worst Movie Moments

I wanted the first All Time Worst post to represent something historic.  I want write about moments in film that continually make me cringe and roll my eyes.

After much deliberation, I decided to go with a sound effect that has annoyed me for decades!

Stop me if you’ve heard this before:

The Wilhelm Scream

The familiar sound effect has apparently snuck into over 130 films.  If you’re like me and you’re a fan of movies you’ve no doubt heard it enough to recognize it.

I love stories like this but what started as a sound editor’s inside joke has become the biggest distraction I’ve ever known.  I could be glued to the screen completely gripped in a story and the Wilhelm scream will arrive and ruin everything.

I almost wish I didn’t know the story behind it so I could return to the days when I was oblivious and watched movies in peace.

However, I do have enormous respect for these little inside jokes.  Except I’m not a sound editor so it doesn’t apply to me.

Stupid Wilhelm scream.

For those of you who haven’t heard the story of how this little sound effect became legendary, check out the video below.