Beyond the Wilhelm Scream: The Male Screech at the Movies

We’re by now inured to the sound of screams in film, whether of women (Kate Capshaw in Temple of Doom a notorious offender) and especially children (War of the Worlds and World War Z) screeching in the movies, but very little real notice has been given to the adult male shriek, either inchoate or, in the case of the first clip, vocalizing words.

 

 

Without further ado, a few choice cuts:

 

DEAD MEN DON’T WEAR PLAID (1982)
The great funny man, Steve Martin

Cleaning Woman! - Steve Martin

 

QUANTUM OF SOLACE (2008)
Check out Matthieu Alamaric’s weird yelping -1:30 in:

Quantum Of Solace final fight

 

DIRTY HARRY (1971)
To paraphrase the song: ‘Uh-ho, Scorpio’s (Andy Robinson) got a hot one for you’

INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1978)
this better-than-the-original sci-fi remake concludes with Donald Sutherland’s plot twisting, memorable, not entirely human klaxon

SCREAM!! (Invasion of the Body Snatchers - Donald Sutherland)

THE THING (1982)
another extraterrestrial entry, nearly as unsettling as Sutherland’s above.

The Thing (3/10) Movie CLIP - Human Mutant (1982) HD

And of course the world famous (ish) Wilhelm Scream, the sound effect used in over 400 films and TV shows:

The Wilhelm Scream

 

Any others?

 

Next up:

Chewing Loudly in the Movies (pt I) followed by Nasal Snuffling whilst Eating (II) and Solus (III) thence Nose Whistling (chapters I-V).

Arnell Esq

Arnell Esq

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