The Wilhelm Scream is Back

The Wil­helm Scream, named after Pri­vate Wil­helm, a char­ac­ter in the 1953 West­ern film The Charge at Feath­er Riv­er, has appeared in over 140 Hol­ly­wood films, includ­ing Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Reser­voir Dogs, and oth­ers. (See full list here.) Now the scream is com­ing back. Accord­ing to the LA Times, the scream will again echo through cin­e­mas with the May 7 release of Jon Favreau’s Iron Man 2. Above, you can watch a mon­tage of The Wil­helm Scream. Nat­u­ral­ly, the ur-scream comes first. Thanks Veron­i­ca for the tip on this one!

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