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The Rise and Fall of the Wilhelm Sream

March 13, 2015, 07:17 AM

Chances are, you’ve heard the Wilhelm Scream -- but you probably haven't heard of it. Since being recorded in the 1950s, the sound effect -- an overly-dramatic, desperate yelp -- has become a staple in some of Hollywood biggest films. It is the choice cry of Stormtroopers falling to their death in Star Wars; it is emitted by Buzz Lightyear as he is sent careening out of a window in Toy Story; it is cried out as Jafar lifts the palace in Aladdin, and uttered by a man who’s being crushed by a ...

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