Wilhelm Scream - The World's Most Iconic Scream

The Wilhelm Scream

The Famous Scream originates from the film Distant Drums in 1951. The scene in the video below soldiers are wading through a swamp and Wilhelm gets bitten and dragged underwater by an alligator, the scream was re-recorded in a single take, along with 5 others. the 4th 5th and 6th are also used earlier in the movie. 4-6 are all recognisable as the Wilhelm scream by many sound editors.

Its always fun to see if you can spot them in different hollywood films. The Wilhelm Scream is referenced in over 130 films and probably countless more indie films to the classic film sound.

Below is the scene with the original Scream.

Below is a compilation of Wilhelm screams

leave a comment below about your favourite one.

Wilhelm Scream

Poor guy



Matt Price

Matt Price

I am a London Based Sound Mixer and Sound Recordist working on Feature Films, Creative Content, Documentaries and Commericials.

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