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Default The Mysterious and Addictive "Wilhelm Scream"

Everyone familiar with the Wilhelm Scream?

A pointless site with a button that makes the Wilhelm Scream:

Yeah, that one!

Here's a short compilation of many of the films this one "screaming man" sound-effect has been featured in for nearly 60 years:

The Wilhelm Scream Compilation

One sound effect that has found a following with many sound editors and observant movie fans is a distinctive scream named Wilhelm.

In 1951, the Warner Bros. film "Distant Drums" directed by Raoul Walsh starred Gary Cooper as Captain Quincy Wyatt, who leads a group of soldiers to stop some Seminole Indians from threatening settlers in early 19th Century Florida. During a scene in which the soldiers are wading through a swamp in the everglades, one of them is bitten and dragged underwater by an alligator.

As is usually the case with the making of a movie, the scream for that character was recorded later. Six short pained screams were recorded in a single take, which was slated "man getting bit by an alligator, and he screams." The fifth scream was used for the soldier - but the 4th, 5th, and 6th screams recorded in the session were also used earlier in the film when three Indians are shot, one after another, during a raid on a fort.

After "Distant Drums," the recording was archived into the studio's sound effects library, and was re-used in many Warner Bros. productions.

In "The Charge at Feather River" (1953), the scream is heard when a soldier named Pvt. Wilhelm (played by Ralph Brooke) gets shot in the leg by an arrow. Originally released in 3-D, the film used the "Distant Drums" scream recording two other times as well.

Up until the mid-70's, the scream recording was used exclusively in Warner Bros. productions, including "Them!" (1954), "Land of the Pharaohs" (1955), "The Sea Chase" (1955), "Sergeant Rutledge" (1960), "PT-109" (1963) and "The Green Berets (1968).

In "A Star is Born" (1954), the scream is heard twice - one of the times because a scene with the scream in "Charge at Feather River" is playing in a screening room.

One person who noticed the same distinctive scream reoccurring in so many movies was sound effects fan Ben Burtt. Ben and his friends in the cinema department at USC, Rick Mitchell and Richard Anderson, noticed that a scream was popping up in a lot of movies. One of the films they made together, a swashbuckler parody "The Scarlet Blade" (1974) included the scream - which they borrowed off another film's audio track.

A few years later, when Ben Burtt was hired to create sound effects for Star Wars (1977), he had an opportunity to do research at the sound departments of several movie studios. While at Warner Bros. looking for sound elements to use in the space adventure, he found the original "Distant Drums" scream - which he called "Wilhelm" after the character that let out the scream in "Charge at Feather River."

Ben adopted the scream as a kind of personal sound signature, and included it in all the "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones" films, and many of the other films he has worked on including "More American Graffiti" (1979) and "Willow" (1988).

Ben's friend Richard Anderson also continued the tradition. Both Anderson and Burtt worked on "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981), and Richard used the screams in the film's truck chase - one of the sequences he cut sounds for himself.

Richard also used it in many of the films he supervised sound editing for, including "Poltergeist" (1982), "Batman Returns" (1992), "Planet of the Apes" (2001), "Agent Cody Banks" (2003), and "Madagascar" (2005).

Because of Ben Burtt, the Wilhelm has lived in the sound library at Skywalker Sound. Other colleagues there including Gary Rydstrom and Chris Boyes have used it in such films as "Toy Story" (1995), "Hercules" (1997) and "Pirates of the Caribbean" (2003).

Richard Anderson and his company, Weddington Productions (now a part of Technicolor Sound Services), archived the scream into his library as well. Editors there including Mark Mangini, David Whittaker, Steve Lee and George Simpson have used it in "Beauty and the Beast" (1991), "Aladdin" (1992), "A Goofy Movie" (1995), "The Fifth Element" (1997), “The Majestic” (2001), “Just Visiting” (2001), “A Man Apart” (2003), and "Tears of the Sun" (2003).

Growing in familiarity with fellow sound editors, especially with its use in the hugely successful "Star Wars" series, the Wilhelm Scream has become a favorite with a few sound editors outside of Skywalker and Weddington. Although it has never been available in any commercial sound effects library, the recording has made it around the sound community through editors who appreciate its history.

Only a few studios have the master of the Wilhelm, but because the "classic" scream can be found "in the clear" in a few films - such as the Judy Garland version of "A Star as Born," it has been "borrowed" for projects this way by other studios… not to mention quite a few student films.

Some noted Directors have become fans of the Wilhelm and its history, asking for it by name.

Joe Dante is familiar with the scream. Beginning with his first major film, "Hollywood Boulevard" (1976), it has been included in his films "Explorers" (1985), "Gremlins 2" (1990), "The Second Civil War" (1997), “Matinee” (1993), and "Looney Tunes: Back in Action" (2003).

After learning the significance of the scream while it was being put into "Reservoir Dogs" (1992), Quentin Tarantino called a break from its mix so that he and his sound crew could crowd into a nearby room with a small TV to watch "Distant Drums" on a local station to hear the scream. Later Wilhelm appeared in his film "Kill Bill: Vol. 1" (2003) as well.

When Peter Jackson was told the history of the Wilhelm during the sound mix of "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" (2002), he was so excited it was included that he had its volume raised - and insisted that it also be used in "Return of the King" (2003).

Wilhelm occasionally pops up on television shows. Besides its use in a number of shows produced at Warner Bros. in the '50s and '60s, including "Maverick," it was in episodes of "The X-Files," "Angel," and "Family Guy." It has found its way into a few commercials as well - for Dell Computers and Comcast.

Several theme park attractions included the scream, such as The Star Trek Adventure at Universal Studios, The Batman Adventure at Warner Bros. Movie World, and "Golden Dreams" playing at Disney's California Adventure.

Video game fans have encountered the Wilhelm in many Star Wars games.

Although the "signature" or "classic" screams, takes 4 through 6 on the original recording, are the most recognizable, all of the screams are referred to as "Wilhelm" by those in the sound community.

The first scream can be heard in "The Empire Strikes Back" (1980) during the Hoth battle when a rebel soldier’s laser gun dish is hit and explodes, and also during the truck chase in "Raiders of the Lost Ark" when a Nazi soldier falls from the rear left side of the truck, ripping the canvas as he falls. The second take can be heard in Tim Burton's "Planet of the Apes" (2001) when General Thade (Tim Roth) hurls two humans into the air at once.

The third scream is heard in the original "Star Wars" just before the stormtrooper falls into the chasm on the Death Star - and just before the "classic" Wilhelm is heard. It is also in "Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones" (2002) when a ship explodes on the planet Coruscant at the beginning of the film.

Many fans of the Wilhelm Scream have long wondered who originally performed the scream. No specific documentation has been found attributing the scream to any one person, but Ben Burtt has been researching the matter.

Between his work on the last "Star Wars" films, he has visited Warner Bros. to gather more information. He discovered a file for "Distant Drums," which contained paperwork that was left over from the picture editor when the film was completed. One of the papers was a short list of names of actors who were scheduled to come in to perform various lines of dialogue for miscellaneous roles in the movie. After reviewing the names and even listening to their voices, one person seemed to be the most likely suspect.

Sheb Wooley was a musician and character actor who appeared in many Westerns - but is probably most famous for the song "Purple People Eater," which in 1958 spent six weeks at Number One and sold 3 million copies.

He played one of the four gunslingers that stalked Gary Cooper in the classic "High Noon" (1953), and starred on the hit TV series "Rawhide" as scout Pete Nolan. He also appeared in "Giant" (1956), "The Outlaw Josey Wales" (1976), "Silverado" (1985) and even the film adaptation of his song "Purple People Eater" (1988).

Sheb played the uncredited role of Private Jessup in "Distant Drums," and was one of the few actors assembled for the recording of additional vocal elements for the film. It is very likely he was asked on the spot to perform other things for the film, including the screams for a man being bitten by an alligator.

Sheb Wooley died of leukemia in Nashville, Tennessee, in 2003. He was 82.

Although there is no way to confirm with him that he performed these special screams, his wife, Linda Dotson-Wooley, said Sheb was fond of saying how talented he was at performing laughs, screams, and dying vocals for films.

After finishing the last "Star Wars" film and beginning work at Pixar, Ben Burtt has announced he will no longer be using the Wilhelm. This is surely an end of an era for the scream, but there is no indication that it will be silenced anytime soon. The Wilhelm Scream continues to be heard in new films every year.

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...So anyway, this one movie scream that has been worked into hundreds of movies over the last 60 years, is meant to recreate the sound of a man being attacked and devoured by a reptile.

And it's suspected originator, Sheb Wooley, later had a hit single with the song "Purple People Eater".

Interesting lyrics...

Well I saw the thing comin' out of the sky
It had the one long horn, one big eye
I commenced to shakin' and I said "ooh-eee"
It looks like a purple eater to me

It was a one-eyed, one-horned, flyin' purple people eater
(One-eyed, one-horned, flyin' purple people eater)
A one-eyed, one-horned, flyin' purple people eater
Sure looks strange to me (One eye?)

Well he came down to earth and he lit in a tree
I said Mr. Purple People Eater, don't eat me
I heard him say in a voice so gruff
I wouldn't eat you cuz you're so tough

It was a one-eyed, one-horned, flyin' purple people eater
One-eyed, one-horned flyin' purple people eater
One-eyed, one-horned, flyin' purple people eater
Sure looks strange to me (One horn?)

I said Mr. Purple People Eater, what's your line
He said it's eatin' purple people and it sure is fine
But that's not the reason that I came to land
I wanna get a job in a rock and roll band

Well bless my soul, rock and roll, flyin' purple people eater
Pigeon-toed, undergrowed, flyin' purple people eater
(We wear short shorts)
Flyin' purple people eater
Sure looks strange to me

And then he swung from the tree and he lit on the ground
He started to rock, really rockin' around
It was a crazy ditty with a swingin' tune
Sing a boop boop aboopa lopa lum bam boom

Well bless my soul, rock and roll, flyin' purple people eater
Pigeon-toed, undergrowed, flyin' purple people eater
I like short shorts
Flyin' little people eater
Sure looks strange to me (Purple People?)

And then he went on his way, and then what do ya know
I saw him last night on a TV show
He was blowing it out, a'really knockin' em dead
Playin' rock and roll music through the horn in his head

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List of movies featuring The Wilhelm Scream

217 titles, and counting!

Distant Drums (Dec 25, 1951)
Three Indians are shot, one after the other. (4,5,6)
A man is bitten and dragged underwater by an alligator. (5)

Springfield Rifle (Oct 25, 1952)
Sgt. Snow (Guinn Williams) thrusts his sword into a horse rustler. (4)

The Charge at Feather River (Jul 11, 1953)
Wilhelm is struck in the leg by an arrow. (4)
A soldier is hit with a spear. (4)
Chief Thunder Hawk gets stabbed by Archer and rolls down a hill. (4)

The Command (Jan 15, 1954)
An Indian is shot off his horse during an attack on the wagon convoy.

Them! (Jun 16, 1954)
Giant ants attack the crew of a ship at sea. (1,6,4)
James Whitmore is throttled to death by a giant ant. (4,6)
A soldier is struck by falling debris in the sewer. (5)

A Star is Born (Sep 29, 1954)
While Judy Garland tries to find her way out of a theater during a screening, a Wilhelm is heard in the movie that is playing there (actually Charge at Feather River.) (4)
Someone screams in the rehearsal record of “Somewhere There’s a Someone” that Judy Garland plays for James Mason. (4)

The Sea Chase (Jun 4, 1955)
Schlieter (James Arness) accidentally whacks Winkler (Claude Akins) with an axe. (1)

Land of the Pharaohs (Jun 24, 1955)
Victims are thrown to alligators. (4)

Helen of Troy (Jan 26, 1956)
During the siege of Troy, a pair of soldiers struggling with each other falls off the battlements. (3)
A couple of minutes later, a Trojan soldier gets stabbed and falls off a landing. (1 & 2)
During the ensuing retreat, a Greek soldier gets speared. (4)

Maverick, Season 2, Episode 6 "Escape to Tampico" (Oct 26, 1958)
Maverick throws a Mexican knife wielder through a window.

Maverick, Season 3, Episode 9 "The Ghost Soldiers" (Nov 8, 1959)
An indian is killed and falls off the walkway at the top of a fort's pallisade.

Maverick, Season 3, Episode 10 "Easy Mark" (Nov 15, 1959)
A man falls from a train.

Maverick, Season 3 Episode 17 "The Cruise of the Cynthia B." (Jan 10, 1960)
The villain is thrown over the side of a river boat.

Sergeant Rutledge (May 18, 1960)
A rider is speared in the back by an Indian. (4)

PT 109 (Jun 19, 1963)
A crew member of PT-109 screams as a Japanese destroyer smashes through the patrol boat. (4)

Harper (Feb 23, 1966)
Harper (Paul Newman) strikes Puddler (Roy Jenson) in the head with a rasp. (1)

The Green Berets (Jun 17, 1968)
Enemy soldiers are hit by a launched grenade. “That’s what it's all about, Mr. Beckworth!” (4)
Two more Wilhelms are heard later in the same night battle.

Impasse (May 7, 1969)
Morrison (Burt Reynolds) and a thug fall to the bottom of some stairs during a fight in a warehouse. (1)
A moment later, Morrison and another thug come crashing down from a balcony. (4)

The Wild Bunch (Jun 18, 1969)
After the opening bank robbery, Buck is shot in the face as he rounds a corner. (4)
A little later, Pike puts Buck out of his misery. (4)

Chisum (Jul 29, 1970)
In the middle of the film, at the river ambush, Jess shoots a wagon driver (1), then shoots Billy the Kid as Billy tries to take the reins of the wagon. (3)

The Scarlet Blade (1974)
The Leader of the Tax Collectors Three gets caught in a tree during a swordfight.

Hollywood Boulevard (Apr 25, 1976)
During the filming of the battle scene, two Wilhelms can be heard as enemy soldiers are shot. (4)

Star Wars (May 25, 1977)
A stormtrooper falls into the chasm before Luke and Leia swing across. (3,4)

The Star Wars Holiday Special (TV, Nov 17, 1978)
A stormtrooper falls over the edge of Chewbacca's family treehouse. (4)

More American Graffiti (Aug 3, 1979)
A man gets tossed over the bar during a barfight. (4)

The Empire Strikes Back (May 21, 1980)
A rebel soldier screams when his laser gun dish is hit and explodes during the Hoth battle. (1)
Chewie knocks a stormtrooper off the platform of the carbon freezing chamber. (4, barely audible)

SP FX: The Empire Strikes Back (Sep 22, 1980)
A film clip from The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms shows a policeman getting chomped by the creature (although it is not in the original film). (4)

The Big Brawl (1980)
Jerry (Jackie Chan) feints toward a thug, who falls off the upstairs railing. (4)

Raiders of the Lost Ark (Jun 12, 1981)
A Nazi soldier is thrown from the back of a truck into the windshield of a jeep. (4)
Another soldier falls from the left side of the truck, ripping the canvas as he falls. (1)

History of the World, Part I (Jun 12, 1981)
Count de Monet (Harvey Korman) treads upon peasants trapped under a red carpet. (2,1)

Swamp Thing (Mar 1982)
The Swamp Thing grabs a thug and tosses him out of his speedboat.

Poltergeist (Jun 4, 1982)
Little Carol Ann watches a soldier killed in a war movie after her mom has changed the channel from just static. (4)

Return of the Jedi (May 25, 1983)
A victim is slashed by Luke’s lightsaber falls and into the Sarlacc pit. Another follows shortly after (less audible). (4)
(ALSO: Ben Burtt imitates a Wilhelm during his cameo in the film when he is knocked over a ledge by Han Solo.)

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (May 23, 1984)
While trying to get the vial of antidote, Indy crashes into the nightclub band, and a musician screams. (4)
Indy shoots the driver of Lao-Che's car. (5)
Mola Ram is eaten by alligators. (4)

From Star Wars to Jedi: The Making of a Saga (Direct-to-Video, Jun 1, 1985)
A Wilhelm is used in a speeder bike chase animatic. (1)

Explorers (Jul 12, 1985)
Someone is heard screaming during an explosion in the drive-in movie "Starkiller." (4)

Howard the Duck (Aug 1, 1986)
Howard knocks a duck hunter out of his boat (yelling “Banzai!” just after the Wilhelm). (4)

Nutcracker: The Motion Picture (Nov 26, 1986)

Spaceballs (Jun 24, 1987)
Barf (John Candy) uses a section of tubes to reflect several laser bolts back at guards. The last victim (far right side, hit in the rear) lets out a Wilhelm. (4)

Willow (May 20, 1988)
Soldiers crash their carriage after chasing the heroes. (4)
An soldier is knocked off his horse. (4)
The Brownies manage to trigger a huge spear shooter that hits several enemy soldiers. (4)

The Star Trek Adventure (Universal Studios, CA, 1988)
A crew member on the bridge of the Enterprise falls during the obligatory bridge tilt shot. (4)

Three Fugitives (Jan 27, 1989)
Lucas (Nick Nolte) smashes his van into a bar, sending Charlie (Bruce McGill) flying into a bathroom stall. (4)

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (May 24, 1989)
Two Nazis throw grenades at the attacking soldiers, one right after another. (4,3)

Always (Nov 22, 1989)

Legion of Iron (1990)
A guard takes a throwing star right in the eye. (4)

Gremlins 2: The New Batch (Jun 15, 1990)
A victim covered with gremlins falls off a ledge. (4)

Beauty and the Beast (Nov 13, 1991)
Someone screams on an exterior shot of the castle during the battle (just after Chip says “You guys gotta try this thing!”). (4)

Young Indiana Jones: The Trenches of Hell (TV, 1992)
During a charge on the trenches, a German soldier gets bayonetted. (5)

Young Indiana Jones: Daredevils of the Desert (TV, 1992)
A mortar round sends a British soldier flying. (4)

Batman Returns (Jun 19, 1992)
Batman punches and throws a clown out of his way. (4)

Mom and Dad Save the World (Jul 24, 1992)
As Dick tries to get into a ship, one soldier stupidly shoots another in the back. (5)
A couple of soldiers stupidly pick up a light grenade. (1,5)

Reservoir Dogs (Oct 23, 1992)
Mr. Pink (Steve Buscemi) pushes someone out of his way while while running down the sidewalk. (4)
Mr. White (Harvey Keitel) guns down two cops in their police car. (2)

Aladdin (Nov 11, 1992)
Villagers flee in terror as the Genie (controlled by Jafar) lifts the palace into the air. (4)

Matinee (Jan 29, 1993)
A couple Wilhelms can be heard in the movie within the movie, “MANT!”

Young Indiana Jones: The Phantom Train of Doom (TV, 1993)
During the battle over the big gun on the train, a couple of Wilhelms are heard. (5)

Evening Class (TV, 1993)
Rick (Micheal Beach) scares Martha (Mariangela Pino) from a window. (1)

Young Indiana Jones and the Attack of the Hawkmen (TV, 1995)
A truck chasing Indy is shot off the road. (6)

A Goofy Movie (Apr 7, 1995)
During the song “On the Open Road,” Goofy's car strikes a construction scaffold. (4)
Backstage at the Powerline concert, a crew member is flung into a big screen monitor. (4)

Die Hard: With a Vengeance (May 19, 1995)
John McClane (Bruce Willis), while driving through Central Park (literally), almost hits a mime - before confessing that maybe he was aiming for him. (4-partial)

Runaway Brain (Aug 11, 1995)
Mickey Mouse is playing a video game when his game character dies. (4)

Toy Story (Nov 22, 1995)
Buzz Lightyear is knocked out the bedroom window. (4)

Dante’s Peak (Feb 7, 1997)
Paul plunges to his death from a collapsed bridge as it's carried away by mud and lava. (4)

The Second Civil War (Made for Cable, 1997)
A News Net crew watches a John Wayne movie on a big screen TV while waiting for action at the Idaho border. (4)

Star Wars: Episode IV – Return of the Jedi (Special Edition) (Mar 14, 1997)
A stormtrooper is thrown off a bridge on Coruscant during the final celebration. (4)

The Fifth Element (May 9, 1997)
Zorg blows up his henchman while they’re talking on the phone. (4,3)
Two Mangalores are sent flying from the Diva's suite. (4)

Hercules (Jun 20, 1997)
Villagers flee in terror as their city is attacked. (4)

Lethal Weapon 4 (Jul 10, 1998)
Riggs (Mel Gibson) shoots a terrorist's flamethrower, turning it into a jetpack. The terrorist screams as he flies towards a gas truck - which explodes upon impact. (4)

Small Soldiers (Jul 10, 1998)
The Brick Bazooka toy gets thrown off Alan’s bike. (4)
The Kip Killigan toy shorts out while trying to kill Alan’s dad. (4)

Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (May 19, 1999)
Two security officers, one after the other, are hit in the chest and scream Wilhelms during the blaster battle in the Naboo hangar. (3,4)

The X-Files, Episode #7X19, “Brand X” (Apr 16, 2000)
A man is killed with a bayonet in an old war movie on TV. (5)

The Kid (Jul 7, 2000)
While Russ is talking to Amy, someone screams on TV in a movie that Rusty is watching. (4)

Backstage (Sep 8, 2000)
During a paintball match, an animated guy gets pelted. (4)

The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea (Direct-to-video, Sep 19, 2000)
A crew member jumps from his ship and screams just before part of an iceberg falls on it. (4)

Thirteen Days (Dec 25, 2000)
When an American jet screams over a Russian ship and the deck crew all react and duck, a Wilhelm is used (inaudible).

Golden Dreams (Disney's California Adventure, 2001)
During an earthquake, a native American screams as he falls to the ground. (5)

Tomcats (Mar 30, 2001)
Near the end of the film, a cello player at a charity fundraiser screams when Michael (Jerry O'Connell) collides with him. (3)

Just Visiting (Apr 6, 2001)
Count Thibault (Jean Reno) dodges a thrown axe, which instead hits a bad guy. (4)

Planet of the Apes (Jul 27, 2001)
Tival (Erick Avari) is body-slammed to the ground by an ape soldier. (4)
General Thade (Tim Roth) hurls two humans into the air at once. (2)
Using the sharp point of his helmet, Thade stabs a human. (3)

Wet Hot American Summer (Jul 27, 2001)
Beth (Janeane Garofalo) and Henry (David Hyde-Pierce) kiss for the first time while a man falls behind them. (4)

Osmosis Jones (Aug 10, 2001)
Thrax pulls someone out of his car. (4)

Star Trek: The Motion Picture - The Director's Edition (Nov 6, 2001)
When V'ger fires at the Enterprise, a crew member in the engine room gets hit by an energy bolt. (4)

The Majestic (Dec 21, 2001)
Someone screams when part of the theater's neon sign explodes. (4)

Life or Something Like It (Apr 26, 2002)
A Wilhelm is mixed into sounds of riders enjoying a rollercoaster. (6)

The Salton Sea (Apr 26, 2002)
Kujo (Adam Goldberg) is hit by an ambulance. (3,4)

Spider-Man (May 3, 2002)

Angel, Episode 64, “A New World” (TV, original air date: May 6, 2002)
Connor throws a knife into a thug's arm. (4)

Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (May 16, 2002)
A ship explodes when it arrives at Coruscant at the beginning of the film. (3)

Bounty Hunter (Video Game, Nov 19, 2002)
Dying Imperials will sometimes utter Wilhelms. (3,4)

Scorched (Jul 25, 2002)
Shmally crashes her motorcycle in the desert, and Doleman screams as he falls off. (4)

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (Dec 18, 2002)
An elf soldier falls off the battlements during the Helm's Deep battle. (4)

Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (Dec 31, 2002)
Chuck watches TV (and hears a Wilhelm there) after returning home from a barfight. (4)

The Legend of Suriyothai (Jan 19, 2003)
A soldier is pulled down from the battlements during an assault on a fortress. (4)

Cradle 2 the Grave (Feb 28, 2003)
In the 12-on-1 cage match, Su (Jet Li) sends a guy flying. (4)

Tears of the Sun (Mar 7, 2003)
Rebel soldiers are blown up. (4)

Agent Cody Banks (Mar 14, 2003)
A guard falls off a balcony and through a glass ceiling. (4)

A Man Apart (Apr 4, 2003)
In a raid by DEA and Mexican drug agents on a Tijuana nightclub full of drunken cartel honchos and gunmen, a Wilhelm is heard when one of the agents is hit by gunfire.

Texas: The Big Picture (IMAX, May 3, 2003)
In a stylized depiction of the battle at the Alamo, a Wilhelm can be heard as two shadows clash. (4)

Robbery Homicide Division, Episode #13, “Absolute Perfection” (TV, April 21, 2003)
Tommy Cheung is squashed by a bus in the episode’s teaser.

Dell Computers – “PC Dreams” (TV Commercial, May 2003)
One of the Dell Interns is repeatedly dropped through a trap door during a dream about how Dell computers are tested.

The Animatrix - “Matriculated” (Jun 3, 2003)
Someone is lifted and thrown across the room by a tentacled robot. (4)

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (Jun 28, 2003)

Once Upon A Time In Mexico (Sep 12, 2003)
A bad guy on a motorcycle strikes a car and goes flying. (4)

Steak 'n Shake, “Workaurant” (TV Commercial, 2003)
A man suddenly remembers to get ketchup. (4)

Under The Tuscan Sun (Sep 26, 2003)
Lighting strikes a washing machine outside the villa. (Inaudible)

Kill Bill, Vol. 1 (Oct 10, 2003)
The bride slices one of the bad guys during the black and white fight sequence. (4)
Later in the sequence, one of the bad guys falls down the stairs. (4)

Angel, Episode 94, “The Cautionary Tale of Numero Cinco” (TV, Nov 5, 2003)
While a security guard is checking out the basement of a warehouse, another man gets attacked. (4)

Star Wars: Clone Wars, Chapter 4 (TV, Nov 12, 2003)
Durge shoots a trooper sniping at him. (3)

Looney Tunes: Back In Action (Nov 14, 2003)
While talking to DJ (Brendan Fraser) via the wall portrait, Damian (Timothy Dalton) blows up a bad guy with a grenade. (4)

Peter Pan (Dec 12, 2003)
A pirate falls from the ship’s rigging into the water. (4)

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Dec 17, 2003)
A dragon drops a Gondorian soldier to the ground. (4)
Legolas climbs a mumakil and throws one of its riders to the ground below. (4)

Comcast, “Broadband Goddess” (TV Commercial, 2004)
The “Broadband Goddess” kills an online game opponent. (4)

Win A Date With Tad Hamilton! (Jan 23, 2004)
Pete (Topher Grace) is channel surfing and runs across a war movie where someone gets blown up. (4)

Star Wars: Clone Wars, “Chapter 12” (TV, Mar 29, 2004)
A seismic tank stomps the ground, sending everyone flying. (4)

Hellboy (Apr 2, 2004)
A grenade blows a man into the portal, who disintegrates while screaming a Wilhelm. (4)

Star Wars: Clone Wars, “Chapter 17” (TV, Apr 5, 2004)
A trooper gets thrown around by an invisible force, smashing his head on a tree limb. (3)

Freddy vs. Ghostbusters (May 13, 2004)
A poltergeist scares customers out of a bar. (4)

Troy (May 14, 2004)
Greek soldiers fall to Trojan arrows outside the city walls. (4)

Angel, Episode 110, “Not Fade Away” (TV, May 19, 2004)
Lindsey slices a Sahvrin with a sword. (4)

Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle (May 20, 2004)
Harold gets knocked off a cheetah. (4, pitched up)

Ghost Rock (Jun 8, 2004)
A bad guy falls through a railing during the first shootout. (4)

Spider-Man 2 (Video Game, Jun 29, 2004)
In a cinematic where Dr. Octavius’ experiment goes awry, a light falls from the ceiling, conking a man on the head. (4)

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (Jul 9, 2004)
During a street fight between rival newsmen, someone goes flying into a car. (4, pitched down)

Paparazzi (Sep 3, 2004)
Rosner wipes out on his motorcycle and flies off the edge of a cliff. (4, barely audible)

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (Sep 17, 2004)
The crowd scatters as the robots go stomping down the street. (4)

Taxi (Oct 8, 2004)
People scatter as the getaway car speeds down a busy sidewalk. (4)

Venture Bros., Episode 106 “Tag Sale - You're IT!” (Oct 9, 2004)
When #21 and his new lightsaber meet up with Brock. (4)

Team America: World Police (Oct 11, 2004)
Gary shoots a soldier off a balcony. (4)

C.S.I. - N.Y., Episode #105, “Grand Master” (TV, Oct 27, 2004)
At the beginning of Act 2, the scream is heard during a flashback of a man stabbed in the neck. (4)

Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault (Video Game, Nov 2, 2004)
The petty officer escorting Conlin to the PT boat in Pearl Harbor gets killed. (4)
A marine gets killed on Tarawa. (4, pitched up)

I Am David (Dec 3, 2004)
A policeman gets clubbed in the back during a street riot. (4)

Drawn Together, Episode #107 “Dirty Pranking Number 2” (TV, Dec 8, 2004)
A man gets zapped by alien Insectibots (with hats) at the zoo. (4)

American Dad, Episode 1, “Pilot” (Feb 6, 2005)
Stan runs up an escalator, knocking people off of it. (4)

The Pacifier (Mar 1, 2005)
An explosion blows a man off a boat during the opening action sequence. (1)

The Ring Two (Mar 18, 2005)
Rachel (Naomi Watts) leaps off a cliff. (4)

Star Wars: Clone Wars, “Chapter 24” (TV, Mar 24, 2005)
General Grievous shoves a trooper through a window. (3)
Grievous’ droids force two troopers off a ledge. (4)

Conquest of America, “Southeast” (TV, Mar 28, 2005)
A man is shot during the ship-to-ship fighting at Fort Caroline. (4)

Sin City (Apr 1, 2005)
Marv (Mickey Rourke) tosses a cop from a car. (4, pitched up)

Lego Star Wars (Video game, Apr 2, 2005)
In the Episode III, Battle Over Coruscant level, you utter a Wilhelm whenever your ship explodes. (4)

Family Guy, Episode 401 “North by North Quahog” (TV, May 1, 2005)
During a car chase inside a mall, a piano player leaps out of the way. (4)

Kingdom of Heaven (May 6, 2005)
During the climactic battle, when the Muslims cross the first white rocks and Christians fire for the first time.

Monster-In-Law (May 13, 2005)
Charlie (Jennifer Lopez) is channel surfing and hears a Wilhelm. (4)

Family Guy, Episode 404 “Blind Ambition” (TV, May 15, 2005)
Peter and a chicken fall off a train onto a handcar, knocking its occupants off. (4)

Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (May 19, 2005)
A Republic ship’s laser cannon explodes during the battle over Coruscant. (4)

Madagascar (May 27, 2005)
People in Grand Central Station flee from the Alex the lion. (4)

American Dad, Episode 5 “Roger Codger” (Jun 25, 2005)
Agent Duper throws a hand grenade. (4)

Fantastic 4 (July 8, 2005)
A couple of Wilhelms are heard during the final fight, once when the bus is thrown, and again shortly thereafter. (4)

Thank You For Smoking (Sep 9, 2005)
During the footage of the Kent State shootings. (4)

Family Guy, Episode 415 “Perfect Castaway” (Sep 18, 2005)
Peter drives a Delorean through a wall. (4)

Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (Oct 5, 2005)
By a villager, as the were-rabbit begins his rampage after picking up Lady Tottingham. (4)

Get Rich or Die Tryin’ (Nov 9, 2005)
Some folks get gunned down in a recording studio. (4)

Night Stalker, Episode #107 “The Sea” (TV, Unaired, 2005)
A phantom biker mows down a SWAT team. (4)

Storm (Nov 17, 2005)
The first Swedish film to feature a Wilhelm, during the first comic book scene.

Æon Flux (Dec 2, 2005)
A Breen soldier falls off a roof. (4)

Masters of Horror, Episode 6, “Homecoming” (Cable TV, Dec 2, 2005)
A zombie gets blasted with a shotgun. (4)
A zombie gets dragged by a car. (4)

King Kong (Dec 5, 2005)
During the dinosaur chase, a man falls off a cliff. (4)

Drawn Together, Episode 212 “The Lemon-AIDS Walk” (Feb 22, 2006)
Captain Hero takes steroids. (6, reversed and processed)

Drawn Together, Episode 213 “A Very Special Drawn Together Afterschool Special” (Mar 1, 2006)
During a barroom brawl. (4)

16 Blocks (Mar 3, 2006)
During the bus hijacking scene. (4)

Drawn Together, Episode 214 “The Drawn Together Clip Show” (Mar 15, 2006)
The Producer opens fire on the audience. (4)

She’s The Man (Mar 17, 2006)
As Viola (Amanda Bynes) enters her dorm room dressed as Sebastian, a Wilhelm is heard in a video game someone is playing. (4)

Abominable (Apr 10, 2006)
Ziegler get grabbed by Bigfoot. (4)

American Dad, Episode 21, “Helping Handis” (Apr 30, 2006)
Mob guys beat a man tied to a chair. (4)

Over The Hedge (May 19, 2006)
A dragonfly gets zapped in a bug zapper. (Processed)

X-Men: The Last Stand (May 26, 2006)
In the final battle, a mutant becomes human again and falls from underneath a tower. (Deleted scene, 4)

Cars (Jun 9, 2006)
In Lightning McQueen's dream sequence, a car gets zapped. (4)

Venture Bros., Episode 219 “Hate Floats” (Jul 2, 2006)
The Monarch, Dr. Venture and the henchmen come out of the door just before the closing credits. (4)

Monster House (Jul 21, 2006)
Zee and Bones are watching a scary movie. (6)

Accepted (Aug 18, 2006)
A skateboarder falls outside the school’s entrance. (4)

Black Sheep (Sep 10, 2006)
While trying to get into a car to escape the sheep, a man is dragged down by one of them. (4)

Venture Bros., Episode 223 “I Know Why The Caged Bird Kills” (Sep 24, 2006)
The Monarch and his henchmen mistakenly raid an office. (4)

Lifted (Oct 14, 2006)
At the very end, the abductee finally awakens, and gets out of bed... (4)

Flushed Away (Nov 3, 2006)

Norbit (Feb 9, 2007)
During the opening credits, 5-year old Norbit and Kate are watching a scary movie, wherein the scream is heard. (4)

Are We Done Yet? (Apr 4, 2007)
Chuck throws a flaming stick at Danny's party. (4)

The Invisible (Apr 27, 2007)
At a party, someone gets thrown into the pool. (4)

Family Guy, Episode 93 “No Chris Left Behind” (May 6, 2007)
During the chicken fight, a biplane pilot is thrown from the plane. (4)

Shrek the Third (May 6, 2007)
After Prince Charming rallies the fairy tale characters to his cause, a barfight breaks out. (4)

Transformers (Jul 3, 2007)
Sam kicks Frenzy’s decapitated head over a hill. (4, pitched up)

License to Wed (Jul 3, 2007)
During the marriage road test, an old man on a scooter crashes into a car. (4)

Juno (Sep 1, 2007)
Juno and Mark watch a horror movie. (4)

Dragon Wars (D-War) (Sep 14, 2007)
During the flashback (within the flashback), a dragon steps on a villager. (4)
A dragon throws a cop into a car's windshield. (4)

Death Proof – Extended DVD (Sep 18, 2007)
Stuntman Mike’s car goes flying after wiping out the carload of babes. (4)

Superman: Doomsday (Direct-to-video, Sep 18, 2007)
Miners release Doomsday, who goes on a rampage. (4)

Resident Evil: Extinction (Sep 21, 2007)
The guy on the flamethrower gets attacked by the ravens. (4)

Family Guy, Episode 516/522 “Blue Harvest” (Sep 23, 2007)
An explosion on the Death Star sends a stormtrooper flying. (4)

American Dad, Episode 44, “Meter Made” (Oct 7, 2007)
During the CIA raid at the end, somebody gets blown up. (4)

30 Days of Night (Oct 16, 2007)
A vampire throws someone off a roof. (4)

Enchanted (Oct 20, 2007)
When Narissa transforms into the dragon, a man is flung across the room. (4)

Your Friend, The Rat (DVD, Nov 6, 2007)
A chalkboard drawing of an astronaut gets frightened by a rat. (4)

Ben 10: Race Against Time (TV, Nov 11, 2007)
Eon knocks down a Plumber. (4)

The Mist (Nov 21, 2007)
Cornell gets killed by the creatures. (4)

The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep (Nov 25, 2007)
The water horse knocks a soldier off a boat. (4)

American Dad, Episode 50, “The Most Adequate Christmas Ever” (Dec 16, 2007)
Stan shoots down two angels during the chariot chase. (4)

American Dad, Episode 52, “Tearjerker” (Jan 13, 2008)
In the opening "teaser" sequence, one of the pursuing evil agents hits a tree while in midair. (4)

Meet the Spartans (Jan 24, 2008)
The Spartans force the Persians off a cliff. (4)

Over Her Dead Body (Feb 1, 2008)
Dan falls in the kitchen. (5)
A cherries jubilee explodes in Ashley's face. (4)

Zombie Strippers (Feb 23, 2008)
A zombie stripper throws a man into a wall. Hard. (4)

Kung Fu Panda (May 15, 2008)
Tai Lung smashes a guard with a mace and flings him through the air. (4)

Speed Racer (Apr 28, 2008)
Spritle and Chim Chim hit someone with an electric cart. (4)

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (May 22, 2008)
A student in the library screams as Mutt and Indy nearly crash into him. (4)

Venture Bros., Episode 3-30, “The Buddy System” (Jun 29, 2008)
One is heard under a graphic during the introduction, and later when Brock pounds a soldier. (4)

Venture Bros., Episode 3-35, “Now Museum–Now You Don't” (Jul 27, 2008)
Team Venture smashes into the meeting with a giant drill. (4)

Buffalo Wild Wings (TV Commercial, 2008)
A sports mascot is blinded by a really bright flashbulb. (4)

Tropic Thunder (Aug 13, 2008)
During the helicopter raid at the beginning, an explosion kills a soldier, and Portnoy shoots another. (4)
Tugg throws Half Squat off his back (and repeated over the end credits). (4, pitched up)

Star Wars: The Clone Wars (Aug 15, 2008)
A clone trooper gets shot outside the monastery. (4)

Back at the Barnyard, “Otis For Mayor” (Sep 25, 2008)
At his press conference, Bigfoot flips out and throws a guy. (4)

Bolt (Nov 17, 2008)
Rhino is changing channels on the TV. (4)

The Day The Earth Stood Still (Dec 10, 2008)
Gort smashes through a door, which lands on some soldiers nearby. (4)

Knowing (Mar 9, 2009)
Heard during the subway crash scene. (4)

Monsters vs. Aliens (Mar 19, 2009)
B.O.B. squeezes out a Gallaxhar clone, sending him over a walkway. (4)

Reaper, "My Brother's Reaper" (May 9, 2009)
Morgan gets attacked by demons. (4)

Up (May 13, 2009)
As the dogs fall into the river, one of them screams a Wilhelm. (4)

Inglourious Basterds (May 20, 2009)
In the film-within-the-film, "Nation's Pride," the Wilhelm Scream can be heard when a soldier is shot and falls from a window. (4)

Princess Protection Program (May 20, 2009)
Joe swings from a banner and knocks two guards over a table. (4)

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (Sept 18, 2009)

The Simpsons "Million Dollar Maybe" (Jan 31, 2010)
Mr. Burns shoots Nazis in a WWII video game - all the Nazis scream classic Wilhelms. (4)

Iron Man 2 (May 7, 2010)

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