Should The Wilhelm Scream Be Replaced With Goathelm?
The Wilhelm scream is an incredibly iconic and awesome sound effect that has been used in over 200 films since its first use in 1951 in Distant Drums. It was given its name by Private Wilhelm a character in the Western film, The Charge At Feather River, (1953) after he is shot with an arrow. This was reportedly the sound effects third use in movies. It reached mass popularity when it was used again in the Star Wars and Indiana Jones films and since then has reached cult status – being used as an inside joke in Disney films, action cinema and video games. It’s a sound effect that I know very well and personally never tire of hearing, except when its used really, really poorly (like in Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey). The sound effect is usually used when a character falls from a great height, is shot or thrown by the force of an explosion.
Here’s a compilation of Wilhelm screams for the uninitiated:
Now, even as a fan of the sound byte I’ll admit that it is certainly played out, and as I said it can sometimes be used to very poor effect. I stumbled across this video, but thought it was too good to not share with you all. Here a Youtube user by the name of followthefoot has suggested a new alternative to the Wilhelm Scream with the Goathelm scream. Check it out.