I was watching Lost last night, minding my own business, dum de dum de dum, and all of a sudden I heard a Wilhelm Scream! I confirmed it by asking others about it on the Internet Movie Database Lost message board. Sorry, but I can’t tell you where it is in the show, because if I do, it will be a big spoiler for people in other countries who have not seen that far yet. (Send me a PM, and I’ll tell you) We have a Windows Live Group for fans of the show Lost. It is called: Lost Fans. Check it out!
The those not fortunate enough to know what the heck I am talking about, then this is your lucky day! Check out the Wilhelm Screen Wiki Page for the written history, and this page to hear the Wilhelm Scream all by itself.
Below you will find a cinematic history of the use of the Wilhelm Scream in some movies of the past. Now that you will know what it is, you, like me, will be ever vigilante in listening for it. It adds a little more fun to your movie watching pleasure: Enjoy:
Edited to add: While I’m on the subject, I have some sound effect pet peeves I’d like to rant about:
My pet peeve sound effect is "leather". People who do "leather" sound effects for saddles, jackets, purses, couches, are VERY proud of their work. For some reason, leather sound effects always seem way too loud for what’s happening in the scene.
My other sound effect pet peeve is the "red tailed hawk". They use that for crows, ravens, buzzards, falcons, etc. Watch, the next time you see a scene with a mountain, some sky, some trees, and especially a valley, listen for the call of that "red tailed hawk" and notice what kind of bird they show it coming out of. As a long time bird watcher, this bugs me….
Here is a real red tailed hawk doing a red tailed hawk call. I just played it, and my birds had fits! (in my humble opinion, I believe that God programmed birds with that sound so they would know to be afraid of predators. My turtle is afraid of shadows coming across him for the same reason, and he closes up his shell!)