There is one sound effect in filmmaking that I guarantee you’ve heard. It’s cropped up in every Star Wars film, every Indiana Jones film, and… well, lots of other films, too. Over 100, in fact. Can you guess what it is? (Preferably without looking at the title for this article, which might give it away. You cheating bugger.)
It’s the Wilhelm Scream.
It’s pretty much the eponymous movie scream, not least because so many companies have snuck it in their movies; I think it’s almost become a sort of industry in-joke. Cinexcellence posted up a a video compiling almost all of them, as well as a list charting every film in which the scream has appeared. If you like, you can watch the video (which I’m unable to embed) and try to guess the movies before you check out the list.
Weirdly enough, when I watched A New Hope in my youth, it’s one of the things that I really remembered about the film. I had no idea of its significance at the time, but the scream stood out. Bizarre, no?