Seems like such a complex origin story for one tiny sound effect.
Even if you didn’t know that it had an actual name, you most definitely knew the Wilhelm Scream, when you heard it. This iconic sound effect has shown up in countless films, from 1954 sci-fi monster movie Them! to the recently released Deadpool 2, but aside from knowing that it’s everywhere and hilarious, how much do you really know about one the most famous sound effects of all time? Where did it come from and how did it become so popular? Fandor takes you through the interesting but strangely complex history of the Wilhelm Scream in the video below.
So, for those who like their history lessons even more bite-size than a 209-second video, here’s the timeline.
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