The Wilhelm Scream- the scream you’ve heard in hundreds of movies from Disney to Star Wars.

// June 14th, 2019 // Bizarre

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The Wilhelm Scream is a stock scream, somewhat comical, and easily recognizable. Once you’ve heard the scream, you’ll notice its use in hundreds of movies, TV shows, cartoons, and video games. If you’ve watched Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings, Pirates of the Caribbean, Toy Story, Titanic, 22 Jump Street, or any of more than 400 other movies – you’ve heard the iconic scream.

NOTE: You can listen to the Wilhelm Scream in this video compilation on Altered Dimension’s YouTube channel.

Voice of the Wilhelm Scream - Sheb WooleyThe Wilhelm Scream made its appearance in its first film, Gary Cooper’s Distant Drums, in 1951. The voice of the scream is unknown but believed to be the voice of singer Sheb Wooley. The scream is named after Private Wilhem, a character in the 1953 Western movie The Charge at Feather River (the third film to use the iconic scream). Although it was known as an inside joke with movie makers for several decades, it gained notoriety with the general public after appearing in Star Wars sounding alongside a Stormtrooper falling off a ledge.

The scream first appeared (1951 Distant Drums) in a scene where a soldier is wading through a swamp and is eaten by an alligator. In the movie’s production notes, the scream was documented as being recorded in a single take along with five other screams that were used earlier in the movie. The fourth (some say fifth) of the six screams recorded for the movie became the infamous Wilhelm Scream.

Many years later, during a USC film school project, sound designer Ben Burtt discovered the original recording on a studio reel labeled “man being eaten by alligator”. As a nod to fellow students, he inserted the scream in a Star Wars scene in which Luke Skywalker shoots a Stormtrooper who falls off a ledge.

 

 

In the following years, Burtt used the scream in other movies involving George Lucas and Steven Spielberg. In fact, each of the later Star Wars movies used the scream in at least one scene. Other sound designers picked up on the effect and as a nod to Burtt, began incorporating the scream in their works. Soon, it seemed as if all movies picked up on the humorous effect. As of the time of this writing, the scream is believed to have been used in more than 400 movies.

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Burtt is attributed as the person who named the scream the Wilhelm Scream. He did copious amounts of research in an attempt to identify the voice. He eventually found a Warner Bros. call sheet from Distant Drums that listed actors who were scheduled to record additional dialogue after the film was completed. One of the names, and the most likely candidate as the Wilhelm screamer, was an actor and musician named Sheb Wooley, who appeared in classics like High Noon, Giant, and the TV show Rawhide. You may also know him as the musician who sang the popular 1958 novelty song “Purple People Eater.”

Sheb Wooley’s widow confirms the claims that her husband recorded the scream for the Distant Drums movie. She said she knew the scream had been used in many movies and remembers her husband joking about “how he was so great about screaming and dying in films”.

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Complete list of movies that feature the Wilhelm Scream

Wilhelm Scream used in Star Wars (Stormtrooper falling)The following movies and TV shows are known to use the Wilhelm Scream.

Kim 1950

Although the scream was recorded for the 1951 movie, Distant Drums, a few months before Distant Drums was released, it was used in the 1950 movie Kim. The Wilhelm Scream is heard twice when Mahbub Ali and Kim roll a large rock down a hillside causing a landslide and crushing the attacking warriors.

Distant Drums 1951

This film for which the Wilhelm Scream was recorded. 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. The scream for that character was recorded later.

Springfield Rifle 1952

The Charge at Feather River 1953

Wilhelm Scream used for the character Pvt. Wilhelm.

The Command 1954

Wilhelm Scream as an Indian is shot off of his horse during the wagon convoy attack.

Them! 1954

Wilhelm Scream can be heard four times in the film. When the giant ants attack the crew of the ship at sea, when James Whitmore’s character Police Sgt. Ben Peterson is throttled to death by a giant ant, when a soldier is struck by the falling debris in the sewer and when James Arness gets separated from the rest of the Army and ants try to attack him. The ceiling falls in and while he reloading his weapon, an ant tries to attack him.

A Star Is Born 1954

Wilhelm Scream during the song “Somewhere There’s a Someone”.

The Sea Chase 1955

Land of the Pharaohs 1955

Wilhelm Scream emanating from within a crocodile.

Helen of Troy 1956

Sergeant Rutledge 1960

Wilhelm Scream as an Indian rides alongside a soldier and stabs him with a spear.

PT 109 1963

When the 109 is cut in half, one of the men screams the Wilhelm Scream.

Hercules Against the Moon Men 1964

Harper 1966

The Green Berets 1968

Wilhelm Scream as enemy soldiers are thrown into the air by an exploding grenade.

Where Eagles Dare 1968

Just over one hour into the film when the car carrying Richard Burton, Clint Eastwood and the German captors crashes into the snow following an attempt to kill the captors. Wilhelm Scream heard as German flies through the car window.

Assignment to Kill 1968

Wilhelm Scream when the hitman falls over the balcony at the end of a fight with the detective.

Impasse 1969

The Wild Bunch 1969

Wilhelm Scream during the post office escape and when one of the horsemen is shot in the face.

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Chisum 1970

Mrs. Pollifax: Spy 1971

Wilhelm Scream when the soldier falls off the cliff.

The Four Musketeers 1974

Wilhelm Scream during the scenes at the nunnery, as a man falls from the burning building.

The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires 1974

Wilhelm Scream during the big fight scene at the village (at 1hr 12mns) when Van Helsing shoves a zombie into the fire pit.

Shout at the Devil 1976

Hollywood Boulevard 1976

The Spy Who Loved Me 1977

Wilhelm Scream as a soldier is drowning in the burning water during the fight between the escaped sub crews and the evil henchmen.

Star Wars 1977

Wilhelm Scream when Stormtrooper falls from ledge after being shot by Luke Skywalker. This is the instance that brought the infamous scream to the public’s attention.

The Star Wars Holiday Special 1978

More American Graffiti 1979

Wilhelm Scream when Lance is thrown on the bar during bar brawl.

Star Trek: The Motion Picture 1979

Wilhelm Scream in Engineering when Enterprise is attacked by the V’GER blast, and in the transporter chamber, when Commanders Sonak and Ciani lose their patterns from its malfunction.

The Empire Strikes Back 1980

Wilhelm Scream twice in the film. Once during the battle on Hoth as a rebel soldier and his laser gun explodes. Another Wilhelm Scream right before Han is frozen in carbonite. As Chewie, in a fit if rage, throws a stormtrooper of the ledge a Wilhelm Scream is barely audible.

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The Ninth Configuration 1980

The Big Brawl 1980

Wilhelm Scream uttered by man falling off railing.

History of the World: Part I 1981

Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981

Wilhelm Scream as one of the German soldiers falls out the back of the truck Indiana Jones is driving.

Swamp Thing 1982

Wilhelm Scream can be heard as Swamp Thing throws a baddie out of his speed boat.

Poltergeist 1982

Wilhelm Scream when the TV plays Go for Broke!

Return of the Jedi 1983

Wilhelm Scream a Luke slashes an enemy with his lightsaber and he falls into the Sarlacc pit. Wilhelm Scream can also be heard again a second time as Luke slashes another enemy into the pit soon after. The Wilhelm Scream can also be heard as an Ewok is killed while taking cover from the Imperial Walker turret fire.

Under Fire 1983

Wilhelm Scream when a man is thrown off an elephant in the beginning of the film.

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom 1984

Wilhelm Scream when a food cart in Club Obi Wan crashes into the orchestra stand. Also when the tommy-gun man is shot by Indy during the car chase at Shanghai and when Mola Ram is eaten by the alligators at the movie’s finale.

The Legend of Billie Jean 1985

Explorers 1985

Wilhelm Scream during an explosion in the Drive-In movie “Starkiller”.

Howard the Duck 1986

Wilhelm Scream when Howard knocks the duck hunter out of his boat. Also when Dr. Walter Jenning sends the man through the window.

Spaceballs 1987

Wilhelm Scream when Barf holds up the curved tubes, deflecting the shots of four of the bad guys back at them.

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Willow 1988

During the chase scene after the escape from the tavern as the soldier’s chariot crashes and he is sent flying. Also a Wilhelm Scream in front of Nockmaar Castle as a horseman is cut down by the Army of Galladoorn

Three Fugitives 1989

Wilhelm Scream when Lucas drives the truck into the King Salmon Bar.

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade 1989

Wilhelm Scream after the first grenade has been thrown in the desert gunfight scene.

Star Trek V: The Final Frontier 1989

Wilhelm Scream when one of the insurgents gets knocked off his horse in battle.

Always 1989

Gremlins 2: The New Batch 1990

Wilhelm Scream as a victim is covered in gremlins and falls off of a ledge.

Legion of Iron 1990

Beauty and the Beast 1991

Wilhelm Scream during the raid on the castle, when a villager is thrown through the front doors.

The Doors 1991

Wilhelm Scream as the stage collapses in the Miami concert.

Reservoir Dogs 1992

Wilhelm Scream when Mr. Pink pushes a pedestrian on the sidewalk while being pursued by cops during his escape from the failed jewel heist.

Batman Returns 1992

Before Batman straps the dynamite to the strongman, he hurls a goon over a bridge. As the goon flies through the air, he screams the Wilhelm Scream.

Mom and Dad Save the World 1992

Wilhelm Scream when the Spengo guard is shot in the fortress docking bay.

Aladdin 1992

Wilhelm Scream as the villagers flee in terror when the Genie lifts the palace into the air.

Matinee 1993

Wilhelm Scream is used a couple of times in “Mant,” the movie-within-the-movie.

Street Fighter 1994

Wilhelm Scream when aid worker thrown into Bison’s pit in the opening montage.

Serial Mom 1994

Die Hard: With a Vengeance 1995

Wilhelm Scream as they are driving through the park.

Tank Girl 1995

Wilhelm Scream when Tank Girl is taking the semi and the officer she pulls off of the side of the truck.

A Goofy Movie 1995

Wilhelm Scream during the “On the Open Road” song.

Runaway Brain 1995

Wilhelm Scream when Mickey Mouse is playing a video game when his game character dies.

The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Attack of the Hawkmen 1995

Wilhelm Scream when a German is thrown into the waiter and when one is catapulted into a haystack.

Toy Story 1995

Wilhelm Scream when Buzz Lightyear is knocked out of the window.

Star Trek: First Contact 1996

Dante’s Peak 1997

Wilhelm Scream when Paul Dreyfus falls into the white lava.

Face/Off 1997

Wilhelm Scream when Dubov pushes the gurney into the guards on the elevator.

L.A. Confidential 1997

Wilhelm Scream during the final shoot-out in the motel.

The Second Civil War 1997

The Fifth Element 1997

Wilhelm Scream when Zorg blows up Right Arm at the airport and when Leeloo tosses two Mangalores out of the Diva’s room.

Alien Resurrection 1997

Wilhelm Scream from a soldier in the last escape pod when the alien enters i.

Hercules 1997

Wilhelm Scream when the cyclops titan first starts crushing buildings looking for Hercules.

Men in Black 1997

Wilhelm Scream when Edgar is pulled into the hole by the bug.

Titanic 1997

Wilhelm Scream after the Titanic hits the iceberg.

Lethal Weapon 4 1998

Wilhelm Scream at the beginning of the film when Riggs shoots the man with the flamethrower.

A Bug’s Life 1998

Wilhelm Scream when Rhino is switching channels while watching TV.

Small Soldiers 1998

Wilhelm Scream when Brick Bazooka is fired at Alan’s bike. Also, at 1hour, 37mins, 16secs when the Commando Elite soldier is breaking apart from the EMP on Stuart Abernathy’s chest.

Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace 1999

Wilhelm Scream during the shooting in the hangar.

Mission: Impossible II 2000

Wilhelm Scream when a guy falls off a car during a gun fight.

The Kid 2000

Wilhelm Scream while Russ is talking to Amy (a person screams on the TV).

The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea 2000

Wilhelm Scream when a crew member jumps from his ship.

The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas 2000

Wilhelm Scream when Flinstone jumps in the pool in Viva Rock Vegas.

Thirteen Days 2000

Wet Hot American Summer 2001

Saving Silverman 2001

Tomcats 2001

Wilhelm Scream when Michael collides with a cello player.

Just Visiting 2001

Planet of the Apes 2001

Wilhelm Scream when from a human soldier during the war near the end of the film.

Osmosis Jones 2001

The Legend of Suriyothai 2001

The Majestic 2001

Wilhelm Scream when part of the theater’s neon sign explodes.

Ice Planet 2001

Wilhelm Scream when the blue alien shoots 3 of the enemy aliens at once.

The Salton Sea 2002

Wilhelm Scream when Kujo is hit by a bus.

Life or Something Like It 2002

The Singles Ward 2002

Wilhelm Scream heard over the phone by Jonathan.

Spider-Man 2002

As Peter enters the wrestling arena, the wrestler slams his opponent to the deck. The Wilhelm Scream is barely audible.

Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones 2002

An instance of  the “third scream” can be heard at the beginning of the film as Amidala’s ship explodes.

Confessions of a Dangerous Mind 2002

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 2002

Wilhelm Scream as an Elvish warrior falls off the Deeping Wall.

Scorched 2003

Corto Maltese: The Ballad of the Salt Sea 2003

A Man Apart 2003

Wilhelm Scream when one of the anti-drug agents is hit by gunfire during the raid on a Tijuana nightclub.

Cradle 2 the Grave 2003

Tears of the Sun 2003

Wilhelm Scream from a soldier when the rebels discover the body of their informant.

Agent Cody Banks 2003

Wilhelm Scream as a henchman falls while the E.R.I.S. facility is destructing.

I Am David 2003

Matriculated 2003

And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself 2003

At 8:56 when Frank Thayer is looking through his binoculars at a Federale being killed.

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl 2003

Wilhelm Scream during the battle on the Dauntless between the Royal Navy and Barbossa’s crew.

Under the Tuscan Sun 2003

Once Upon a Time in Mexico 2003

Wilhelm Scream during the motorcycle chase.

Kill Bill: Vol. 1 2003

Wilhelm Scream used twice during the battle at the House of Blue Leaves.

Looney Tunes: Back in Action 2003

Wilhelm Scream when Drake is fighting the interpreters in the “TV in the Painting” Scene.

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 2003

Wilhelm Scream when a Southron/Haradrim is knocked off an Oliphaunt/Mumakil by Legolas. also when a Mumakil-wrangler gets hit by a spear thrown by Éomer and during the Retreat from Osgiliath, when Faramir is leading his men in a frenzied charge back to Minas Tirith.

Peter Pan 2003

Wilhelm Scream when the pirate is shot by Smee and plummets into the ocean.

Memories of Murder 2003

Ghost Rock 2004

Wilhelm Scream from falling bad guy during first shootout.

Win a Date with Tad Hamilton! 2004

Wilhelm Scream when Pete is watching TV and every channel has Tad Hamilton playing.

Hellboy 2004

Wilhelm Scream when the Nazi scientist is sucked into the portal.

Soul Plane 2004

When Cpt. Mack puts the plane into a steep dive and the passengers freak out.

Troy 2004

Greek soldiers fall to Trojan arrows outside the city walls.

Freddy vs Ghostbusters 2004

At the beginning of the movie, when the three main characters are chatting in the bar, the other customers suddenly run away and scream. One of them uttering the Wilhelm.

Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle 2004

When Harold and Kumar are riding the cheetah and Harold is hit by a tree branch.

Paparazzi 2004

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy 2004

In the fight sequence between the news groups, when Champ throws another man incredibly far into a car window.

Little Black Book 2004

I, Robot 2004

A random police officer when the NS-5’s attack the police station.

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow 2004

During the attack of the giant robots in New York City. You can hear the scream in the shot following the shot where the robot squashes a car under his foot.

Taxi 2004

When the red BMW drives down the sidewalk.

Team America: World Police 2004

From the Korean guard in the high balcony that Gary shoots when he first walks into Kim Jong Il’s palace and says, “Don’t worry fellas, I’ve got my pass right here!”

Shaun of the Dead 2004

The famous sound effect can be heard faintly in the background when the soldiers initially come to the rescue.

BBS: The Documentary 2005

During the “Flame War” sequence in “Sysops and Users” episode.

Sin City 2005

When Marv throws a police officer out of the stolen cop car.

Doom 2005

Several times when Pinky is attacked by one of the creatures.

Kingdom of Heaven 2005

During the climactic battle, when the Muslims cross the first white rocks and Christians fire for the first time.

Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith 2005

Early on in the film during the dogfight, as a laser cannon is destroyed, one of the clone troopers running by is sent flying from the explosion and the Wilhelm Scream is heard. In the original showings in theaters a Wilhelm Scream was also heard when a clone is shot out of his fighter in the dogfight (as the camera makes the long shot watching him float through space) – while the shot remains; the scream was removed.

Madagascar 2005

As the large crowd of people come charging up the stairs at Grand Central Station, thinking that Alex is chasing them.

Fantastic Four 2005

Used at least twice during the last fight of the film. Once as the bus is thrown, and then again shortly after.

Fun with Dick and Jane 2005

In a deleted scene where Dick and Jane rob a toy store (available on the DVD), the stock scream can be heard two times – as an elderly security guard leaps towards Dick, and again as the guard is thrown out a window.

Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit 2005

The were-rabbit steps on a villager after picking up Lady Tottingham.

Schnitzel Paradise 2005

In an early scene in the kitchen, when Ali is knocked over.

The Pacifier 2005

Flightplan 2005

Heard just after the 1 hr. 26 min. mark (just after the plane’s cockpit windows are blown out).

The Ring Two 2005

Right after Rachel jumps down to the river and is about to hit the rocks you can hear the Wilhelm Scream right before it fades to black.

Monster-in-Law 2005

Get Rich or Die Tryin’ 2005

Thank You for Smoking 2005

During the footage of the Kent State shootings shown while Nick describes Bobby Jay Bliss’ background.

The Great New Wonderful 2005

Heard on TV.

Feast 2005

Storm 2005

First Swedish feature to use the famous Wilhelm-scream. It can be heard in the first comic book scene.

Æon Flux 2005

A guard is shot and falls off a stone wall in the courtyard gun battle toward the end of the movie.

King Kong 2005

During the brontosaur stampede, as a sailor is knocked off a cliff.

Date Movie 2006

16 Blocks 2006

Immediately following the bus tire being shot out a Wilhelm Scream can be heard.

Cars 2006

Used by one of the cars in Lightning’s dream sequence.

She’s the Man 2006

Shadow: Dead Riot 2006

Several times during the prison riot scene in the beginning as the guards are shooting the prisoners.

Abominable 2006

When one of the campers is grabbed by sasquatch.

Over the Hedge 2006

X-Men: The Last Stand 2006

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest 2006

Heard when the Kraken attacks the Royal Navy ship after Will evacuates the crew.

Monster House 2006

Flushed Away 2006

300 2006

DOA: Dead or Alive 2006

As Hayabusa kicks a guards off a balcony at 00:41:02.

Day Watch 2006

When the hotel is being destroyed, just after the man in the bathrobe gets knocked down.

Accepted 2006

Heard from the person on the skateboard, just after Bartleby samples one of Glen’s “wads”.

Black Sheep 2006

While the people at Angus’s speech are being attacked by the sheep, two men try to get into a car, and the one on the driver’s side gets pulled down by a sheep and screams.

Simon Says 2006

Heard when Zack notices the tripwire and jumps and rolls down the big hill. It’s also heard again under the exterior shot of the “Miner Tool and Gear” building shown after the end credits.

Lifted 2006

During the end credits when the sleeping character wakes up and gets out of bed.

Happy Family 2006

Kalde føtter 2006

Dragon Wars: D-War 2007

When the dragon steps over the villager during the flashback sequence, and also later when a dragon throws a policeman into a car windshield.

Norbit 2007

Are We Done Yet? 2007

Chuck throws a flaming stick at Danny’s party after they pick up Lindsay.

The Invisible 2007

About 25 minutes into the movie, when a guy gets thrown into a swimming pool.

The Sandlot: Heading Home 2007

When Tommy runs out of Mr. Myrtle’s house after being chased by the giant baseball.

My Name Is Bruce 2007

When Bruce is running from Guandi, and is shooting randomly, he hits one of the townspeople.

Shrek the Third 2007

Heard during the commotion in the tavern.

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End 2007

Heard in the Singapore battle when the fireworks shack explodes, when Sao Feng grabs Will, and during the battle in the maelstrom one is heard during an explosion.

Death Proof 2007

Heard right after the car runs over Arlene’s face.

Transformers 2007

License to Wed 2007

During the marriage road test, an old man on a scooter crashes into a car.

Dorks & Damsels 2007

Heard when the DJ get’s knocked down after the opening credits.

September Dawn 2007

Heard at the 1:11 mark in the movie, when a Native American brave is shot.

Kill Buljo 2007

When the unconscious patient gets shocked with the defibrillator.

Juno 2007

When Juno and Mark are watching a horror movie.

Superman: Doomsday 2007

After being released, Doomsday goes on a rampage and tosses a crane operator.

Resident Evil: Extinction 2007

The man who is using the flamethrower when he gets knocked off the top of the truck by the infected ravens.

Tom and Jerry: A Nutcracker Tale 2007

Heard when Tom and the cats fall off a cliff (at around 20 mins).

30 Days of Night 2007

Heard after man is thrown off metal roof by vampire during the initial attacks on Barrow.

Enchanted 2007

During Narissa’s transformation near the end of the film, a man is flung across the room by the flames and screams.

Down by the Riverside 2007

The fan in Owen’s office.

7-10 Split 2007

When the Latino gang member shoots the bowling pin with his gun.

Eagle vs Shark 2007

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer 2007

When the Army and the Fantastic Four first have an up close encounter with the silver surfer.

Your Friend the Rat 2007

A chalkboard drawing of an astronaut gets frightened by a rat.

Family Guy Presents: Blue Harvest 2007

The Mist 2007

When Cornell dies.

Actor Samuel Witwer plays the role of Private Jessup in the film. Singer/actor Sheb Wooley, whom by many is said to be the voice behind the Wilhelm scream played a role with the same name and rank in the movie Distant Drums, which is the first movie that features the Wilhelm scream.

The Golden Compass 2007

The famous scream is heard when a witch is hit and falls during the battle near the experimental station.

The Water Horse 2007

When the Water Horse knocks over the patrol boat, one of the secondary soldiers cries out as he flies into the water.

American Pie Presents: Beta House 2007

During a fight scene, when a stripper knocks down a guy on the floor

Ben 10: Race Against Time 2008

When one of Eon’s ninjas knocks down one of the Plumbers.

Exit Speed 2008

The nomad with shades and helmet during the night shootout.

Sleep Dealer 2008

Meet the Spartans 2008

Persian warrior falling off a cliff.

Over Her Dead Body 2008

When Dan slips and falls in the kitchen, you can hear a Wilhelm scream after his initial panic.

Heard when the dessert blows up in Ashley’s face at the wedding reception.

Zombie Strippers! 2008

Man thrown off stage by stripper.

Speed Racer 2008

When Spritle and Chim-Chim are rummaging through Royalton Industries.

Kung Fu Panda 2008

When Tai Lung is escaping prison and is hitting the Rhino guards with a mace. He flings a guard into the air and when he kicks the guard through the door, just before he lands, you hear it.

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull 2008

Boy with stack of books in library about to get crashed into by bike.

Hancock 2008

Virus Undead 2008

Star Wars: The Clone Wars 2008

During the opening battle on Cristophsis a Clone Trooper punches a droid and is then shot by another. He lets out the Wilhelm scream but it is cut short. The full scream is heard when another Clone Trooper gets shot by a Super Battle Droid at the B’Omarr monastery on Teth.

Australia 2008

Heard during the bombing of Darwin when a towns-person goes flying.

Falco: Damn It, We’re Still Alive! 2008

During the movie scene that Falco watches when he gets a visit from Horst.

Tropic Thunder 2008

During the three-helicopter raid at the beginning of the film, when an enemy soldier is hit by gunfire and is blown backwards (elapsed time 6:04). Also, when Tugg Speedman throws “Half-squat” into the river in the finale. When this throw is repeated in the end credits, the scream is heard again.

The Heir Apparent: Largo Winch 2008

In the fight scene between Largo and the Brazilian militia.

Colin 2008

During the house siege sequence as the first human falls into the zombie horde.

Unstable Fables: 3 Pigs & a Baby 2008

Heard during the Doomsday Device segment.

Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II 2008

Heard during the “Bring Your Daughter to Work Day” sketch when the camera zooms into Darth Vader for the first time.

The Burrowers 2008

During the ambush in the woods, an Indian screams after getting shot.

Bolt 2008

When Rhino is switching channels while watching TV.

Box Elder 2008

Heard in the BB Gun battle when Rennie runs off-screen after stealing Nick’s sandwich.

Winter in Wartime 2008

During the chase scene with the horse carriage in the woods, the famous ‘Wilhelm scream’ can be heard when the German buggy with the two soldiers collapse and crashes.

The Day the Earth Stood Still 2008

Heard when Gort breaks out of the military facility and the metal door crashes on top of multiple soldiers.

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian 2008

The notes for this film reportedly contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

Snow 2: Brain Freeze 2008

When Buck opens the Santa book and Galfrid falls from the ceiling.

An American Carol 2008

Heard near the end, when one of the sick children falls off of the pier.

Amusement 2008

When Lisa is upstairs in the home of the Laugh, unknowingly speaking directly to him.

Army of the Dead 2008

Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2009

When Blart subdues his first mall burglars.

The House of the Devil 2009

Knowing 2009

Heard during the subway crash.

Alien Trespass 2009

In the scene in the movie theater where The Blob is playing. The scream appears to come from The Blob, but the same thing is happening in the ‘real’ movie theater.

Watchmen 2009

During the prison riot, 2 inmates are holding another inmate by his legs and then drop over the handrail.

Monsters vs Aliens 2009

During the fight with the “Gallaxhar” clones.

George & A.J. 2009

Right after one of the houses tunnels into the ground with a giant screw, it creates a large bump under the street where George and A.J. are. It knocks over their van and the scream is heard.

Up 2009

As the dogs fall off the cliff into the river below while chasing Carl, Russell, Kevin, and Dug.

Detour 2009

When the cop and the girl enter the house at just over the one hour mark a scream is heard.

Against the Dark 2009

Very faintly heard when Tao (Steven Seagal) throws a vampire through a wall near the end of the film.

Inglourious Basterds 2009

The Scream appears during two deaths in the film. The first half-second of the sound clip appears about 90 minutes into the movie, and the remainder of the scream appears about 20 minutes later. In the film-within-the-film, “Nation’s Pride”, the Wilhelm Scream can be heard when a soldier is shot and falls from an upper window.

Last of the Living 2009

Heard when Johnny, Ash, Stef, and Morgan are fighting their way into the Center for Disease Control Center and they hit one of the zombies.

Princess Protection Program 2009

When Joe swings from a banner and knocks two guards over a table.

Bionicle: The Legend Reborn 2009

As the Bone Hunters get trapped under the falling rocks, you can hear it. (What’s strange about this is that in this movie, Bone Hunters are shown to be able to produce only grunts and growls, and thus the Wilhelm scream stands out awkwardly).

Balls Out: Gary the Tennis Coach 2009

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2009

Heard as the giant sardine fishbowl crashes through the amusement park.

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian 2009

When they’re at the National Air and Space Museum, when the space shuttle jets are roaring you can hear a Wilhelm.

Solomon Kane 2009

When Solomon skewers a bad guy on the bridge during the fight scene at the start of the film.

Astro Boy 2009

From one of the people, when Peacekeeper is chasing Astro after hitting him with a building.

Wrong Turn 3: Left for Dead 2009

The cannibal falls from the truck towards the end of the film.

Underworld: Rise of the Lycans 2009

Heard when werewolves climb the wall and attack the vampire guards.

Dragonball Evolution 2009

When Chi-Chi kicks down her opponent at the training camp.

Ninja Assassin 2009

Ninja blasted from roof of the clan training compound by soldier’s rocket.

The Twilight Saga: New Moon 2009

Resounds twice during the movie FacePunch that Mike, Bella, and Jacob are attending together.

Avatar 2009

Family Guy Presents: Something, Something, Something, Dark Side 2010

Tooth Fairy 2010

During the end credit sequence when Billy Crystal is tiny and riding the hockey puck. When he uses the cat “horn” to scare the goalie, the goalie lets out the scream.

The Spy Next Door 2010

When agent Ho pushes the Russian thug over the fence with the ladder.

Yogi Bear 2010

Around the 19 minute mark. When a pinecone falls out of a tree and hits Yogi in the eye.

Twelve 2010

Sharktopus 2010

When the Sharktopus eats the second kid throwing a football.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2010

When Greg and Rowley are playing the Twisted Wizard game, and when the orange dragon scorches the purple dragon to bones.

Iron Man 2 2010

Hatchet II 2010

When Cleatus is thrown of the boat.

Shoot the Hero 2010

One of the soldiers cries out during the mercenary training simulation.

Toy Story 3 2010

During the opening segment of old home footage, when Andy is watching TV with the toys.

Day & Night 2010

When Night shows Day the drive-in theater scenery, a guy screams off-screen.

Despicable Me 2010

When Gru’s mother kicks the punching bag and the karate instructor goes flying.

Brainstorming 2010

When the boom operator gets killed.

Death at a Funeral 2010

When Oscar turns over the casket and the body rolls out.

Machete 2010

Heard during the climactic battle, when one of Lt. Stillman’s men is crushed by the “low-rider” style truck.

Firebreather 2010

A student in the library as Duncan is being chased by Troy and his friends.

The Last Circus 2010

The famous “Wilhelm Scream” can be heard several times in this movie, but most prominently when two midgets are thrown out of the Wonderland Cirgo tent at 20:15.

Enthiran 2010

Burlesque 2010

Occurs in the last seconds of the final number, “Show Me How You Burlesque”. This is the last sound heard as the screen blacks out and the film ends.

Due Date 2010

From a road crew worker jumping out of the way when Peter and Ethan drive the Subaru off the bridge.

Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III 2010

Ramona and Beezus 2010

When Hobart falls off the fence when Ramona is mowing the lawn.

Skyline 2010

The well-known sound effect is used when Oliver gets grabbed by the giant walker and the soldiers are shooting at it. As it swipes the soldiers from the balcony, one of them falls with the Wilhelm.

Clash of the Titans 2010

When the army is killed by Hades in the castle.

TRON: Legacy 2010

A digitized or derezzed version of the scream can be heard as Sam Flynn kills the last guard before entering the flying ship’s cockpit.

Family Guy Presents: It’s a Trap! 2011

When Chris/Skywalker knocks the guy in the Saarlac pit.

Paul 2011

As Agent Haggard is driving off the cliff when chasing the group.

51 2011

The Hit List 2011

When Jonas hits one of the cops with a shotgun blast in the police station.

Klitschko 2011

Alien Opponent 2011

Heard when the trio of soldiers engages the alien and one of the men is thrown into the air.

Marley & Me: The Puppy Years 2011

Mr. Popper’s Penguins 2011

Heard in the Guggenheim when a man is knocked over by the penguins.

Cars 2 2011

Other cars beat up a truck during a chase scene.

Captain America: The First Avenger 2011

Rogers is pursued by Hydra soldiers on motorcycles, but releases a flamethrower defense. One screams as he swerves, loses control and is thrown headlong.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes 2011

When the helicopter crashes into a police car, during the ape battle scene.

Kill List 2011

When Gal fires his shotgun at the masked pursuers just after the hanging.

Sucker Punch 2011

During the castle raid as the dragon smashes through a bridge.

The Raid 2011

During the first shootout when a gangster is thrown out of a window.

Camel Spiders 2011

Heard when one of the characters is attacked outside the diner.

Chillerama 2011

In the Wadzilla segment when Miles makes the sperm sample.

3 times in a row. When all the zombies were going crazy out in the drive in and the zombie pinned the guy to the hood of the car.

Kevin Smith: Smodimations 2011

The Smurfs 2011

When all the Smurfs are being thrown around by Gargamel’s magic.

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance 2011

Heard when Rider throws the driver out of his truck during the chase in Eastern Europe.

A Few Best Men 2011

Political Promise 2011

The Cabin in the Woods 2011

The Hunger Games 2012

Heard from one of the victims when Katniss cuts off a tree branch and the nest of tracker jackers fall onto some of her opponents.

John Dies at the End 2012

Lockout 2012

The inmate who trips and falls right after coming out of stasis.

Barbie in A Mermaid Tale 2 2012

Star Wars Uncut: Director’s Cut 2012

21 Jump Street 2012

Just before the One Percenter leader crashes his motorcycle into the chicken truck during the car chase.

During the credits, when a character dives through a window.

Tower Block 2012

Snow White and the Huntsman 2012

When William shoots down one of the castle soldiers off of a bridge during the final castle battle, the soldier screams a Wilhelm scream as he falls.

Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted 2012

A motor cycle driver screams as he flies out of the freeway. (Latin American version only)

Rock of Ages 2012

When one of the members of the Z-guyeezz gets thrown off The Bourbon Room stage and falls to the floor.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days 2012

Shark Week 2012

Heard at the very end when Tiburon falls off the cliff.

Premium Rush 2012

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 2012

During the fight scene, after the ground cracks apart.

Crawlspace 2012

Stolen 2012

(At 1:03:20) When an F.B.I. van crashes into a stand and a bystander falls out.

Nazis at the Center of the Earth 2012

Heard during the firefight in the opening scene.

Tad, the Lost Explorer 2012

Inside the Mayan city, when the fireball starts rolling, two soldiers fall off the cliff and one of them screams.

Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden 2012

The guys are playing a video game and from the video game the scream can be heard.

Jersey Shore Shark Attack 2012

Heard when Mayor Palantine and Dolan are crushed by the ferris wheel.

Alex Cross 2012

Fortress 2012

When Tom is killed by flak.

The Man with the Iron Fists 2012

The notes for this film reportedly contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

The Legend of Mor’du 2012

When one of the soldiers in thrown off a cliff.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 2012

Heard when the group are fighting their way out of Goblin Town, one of the goblins knocked off the gangway makes the sound.

Django Unchained 2012

When horseback men retreat from the exploding wagon in their night raid, and one falls off a horse.

Casa De Mi Padre 2012

In the final shootout just after Will Ferrell walks into the house.

Grabbers 2012

In the beginning of the movie when the Skipper is grabbed overboard.

Private Peaceful 2012

Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem 3D 2012

When Gru jumps on a mallet, he emits one when he collides with the camera.

Cannon Fodder 2012

As a nod to his favorite films, the director insisted on using the famous “Wilhelm Scream” in the film, although the character is not falling… The scream was hidden towards the end of the film.

Rise of the Animals 2012

Willed to Kill 2012

Wilhelm scream is heard during a fall in the movie.

Piranhaconda 2012

Lego Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out 2012

Two Wilhelm Screams when Luke Skywalker destroys two Tie Fighters.

Man of Steel 2013

When Faora throws a soldier out the back of the C-17.

My Little Pony: Equestria Girls 2013

Heard in the crowd after Sunset Shimmer tears apart the opening to the school.

Despicable Me 2 2013

Oggy and the Cockroaches: The Movie 2013

Raging Balls of Steel Justice 2013

Monsters University 2013

Manipulated by Fingers 2013

Heard in the shot were a severed finger falls in a bowl of water.

Ashens and the Quest for the Gamechild 2013

Heard twice. When The Silver Skull enters the fog, and when the security guards beat up the Stormtroopers.

Getaway 2013

A motorcyclist flees after he trips over a rock, during a car chase scene.

The Hangover Part III 2013

When Stu drives the limo away from the hotel to chase Chow, and almost runs over some pedestrians.

Company of Heroes 2013

When the company escapes from the nuclear facility in Stuttgart they shoot at the German soldiers. One, being hit, is falling from a pipeline and screaming the “Wilhelm Scream”.

Machete Kills 2013

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 2013

Two of them are heard when Flint Lockwood’s Party-in-a-Box goes off during an Inventor Presentation.

We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks 2013

At 1:10:18 in a clip of an explosion.

Screwed 2013

Rise of the Fellowship 2013

The Only Ones 2013

The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared 2013

The Harry Hill Movie 2013

Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return 2013

A China soldier, knocked down by a Munchkin soldier.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 2013

The Lego Movie 2014

Wildstyle throws out a biker during the motorcycle chase scene.

22 Jump Street 2014

Heard from within the robotics laboratory when Schmidt and Jenko smash through it in the chase with The Ghost.

Operation Rogue 2014

Mrs. Brown’s Boys D’Movie 2014

Ride Along 2014

When Angela stops Ben from playing the shooter game, and his character gets shot.

Our RoboCop Remake 2014

There are two Wilhelm Screams:

1) Around 1:21:00, a scene that is super NSFW!

2) Segment #57, about 1:35:09 into the movie. They use the scream on Lewis falling down that dirt hill after getting shot by Boddicker.

Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion 2014

The Way He Looks 2014

Heard when Leonardo and Gabriel are watching a film at the cinema.

Into the Storm 2014

It occurs right at 1:13:28. A man is swept away by the wind and lets a Wilhelm go.

The Empire Strikes Back Uncut: Director’s Cut 2014

It Follows 2014

Calamity Jane: Légende de l’Ouest 2014

Birdman 2014

Postman Pat: The Movie 2014

During the final attack of the Pat-bots.

The Dust Bowll 2015

Mortdecai 2015

It occurs at 4:56 in the film.

Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 2015

In the big fight scene near the end when a guy is thrown through a table.

Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! 2015

When a shark crashes through a tent on a military base about 20 minutes in.

Aloha 2015

Minions 2015

Ted 2 2015

Heard during the fight sequence at Comic Con.

Smosh: The Movie 2015

Heard during Anthony’s flashback.

Huevos: Little Rooster’s Egg-Cellent Adventure 2015

During a flying lesson when Toto was told to “fly” like a whale and fails in progress.

During a vulture chase at the falls when a vulture captures one of the ducks.

Hitman: Agent 47 2015

The scream can be heard about 45 minutes in.

Mr. Right 2015

The scream is heard just under an hour into the film.

Hardcore Henry 2015

When a guy explodes during the shootout in an abandoned apartment building.

Jurassic World 2015

American Hero 2015

About an hour and 15 minutes into the film.

Jill and Joy’s Winter 2015

Daddy’s Home 2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens 2015

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice 2016

At approximately 1 hour into the movie, after a car is thrown crushing a cabin after a crash.

Sausage Party 2016

Right at the end of Firewater’s and the Non-Perishables’ “Great Beyond” belief story when two food products run for cover.

Ratchet & Clank 2016

The Angry Birds Movie 2016

Misconduct 2016

Warcraft 2016

During a wide shot in the first battle between the orcs and the humans as a human warrior is plucked from his horse and thrown to the ground by an orc.

This is a good example of a sound effect done wrong

Actually the action happens in the background, while the scream is very much noticeable on top of the other sounds. So I didn’t even notice someone being thrown, I just heard the scream out of nowhere, as if someone on youtube had edited it in.

The Secret Life of Pets 2016

When two Animal Control drivers jumped off their truck.

Star Trek Beyond 2016

Nuts! 2016

After the narrator reveals that Brinkley’s hair product contained lead.

Skiptrace 2016

Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party 2016

Keeping Up with the Joneses 2016

When Natalie Jones shoots the front spoke of one of the motorcycles chasing them.

Massacre on Aisle 12 2016

Is heard at 1:08:40, when Black Jack gets killed with the chainsaw.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story 2016

Heard when Jyn sneaks up behind a Stormtrooper, disarms him, and pushes him down a small cliff.

In a Valley of Violence 2016

At 55:20 there’s a blatant homage usage.

Hacksaw Ridge 2016

Near 1:25.

Sing 2016

When a water bison steps on a snail.

My Life as a Zucchini 2016

Heard during the snow scene.

The King’s Choice 2016

Almost exactly on the 84 minute mark.

The Siege of Jadotville 2016

Occurs 1:00:52 into the movie (available on Netflix streaming in the US).

Kindergarten Cop 2 2016

12 minutes in, there’s a Wilhelm Scream after Dolph Lundgren crushes a guy with a candy machine.

Two Is a Family 2016

The Girl with All the Gifts 2016

Beta Test 2016

The Last Starship 2016

1 hour and 23 minutes into the movie, someone gets shot and screams.

Monster Trucks 2016

During the end chase sequence.

Before the Flood 2016

Atomic Blonde 2017

The Hitman’s Bodyguard 2017

During a boat chase scene near the end of the film.

The Lego Ninjago Movie 2017

As Lloyd fires all his weapons at Garmadon, there are seven Wilhelm Screams in quick succession.

Killing Gunther 2017

3 minutes and 41 seconds into the film.

The Greatest Showman 2017

Baywatch 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 2017

Power Rangers 2017

Star Wars: The Last Jedi 2017

Hidden away during the lightsaber duel between Luke Skywalker and Kylo Ren.

Prebz og Dennis: The Movie 2017

After 2 minutes.

The Mansion 2017

At 1:28:22

Snake Outta Compton 2018

There’s a Wilhelm scream in the trailer at 1:58 here: youtu.be/Ytv-2Na65pc

Martians vs Mexicans 2018

Heard when the Martians start invading Mexico.

Rampage 2018

Ready Player One 2018

When Aech kills an avatar during a battle on Planet Doom near the start of the film

Maze Runner: The Death Cure 2018

A member of the resistance destroys a truck with the RPG.

Avengers: Infinity War 2018

Deadpool 2 2018

Patient Zero 2018

At the 1:06:16 mark. It’s edited nicely into the background (or at least not in the foreground) but it’s definitely there. Nice and tasteful.

The Last Sharknado: It’s About Time 2018

About 21 minutes in (right after the commercial break). It’s kind of noisy at that moment, but it’s there.

Venom 2018

During a fight against some cops about 2/3rds into the movie.

Hell Fest 2018

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms 2018

Ralph Breaks the Internet 2018

The Christmas Chronicles 2018

There’s a Wilhelm Scream mixed into some of the action exaclty at the 1:14:00 mark.

When We First Met 2018

At 15:30.

Tau 2018

Welcome to Marwen 2018

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2018

When Spider-Man Noir punches a Nazi while explaining his backstory.

Old Boys 2018

Office Uprising 2018

Wilhelm scream in the introduction.

Ruben Brandt, Collector 2018

Used twice (near beginning and ending).

Shazam! 2019

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