What Are Some Interesting Sound Effects?


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One of the most interesting and storied sound effects is the Wilhelm scream, which has been used in over 100 movies since it first appeared in "Distant Drums." Castle thunder, first used in "Frankenstein," has an interesting history as well.

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One of the most famous sound effects in movie history, the Wilhelm scream was first used in a 1951 Gary Cooper western called "Distant Drums." The sound effect fell into obscurity shortly after its first use, but it became popular in the 1970s due to use its use in "Star Wars." The enormous popularity of "Star Wars" led to the scream being used in films such as "Titantic," "Reservoir Dogs" and the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. The Wilhelm scream is often used in comedies, such as "Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle," "22 Jump Street" and "Toy Story."

Castle thunder, first used in "Frankenstein," is another popular and interesting sound effect that has been used for many years. After "Frankenstein," castle thunder was used to simulate thunder storms in various Hanna-Barbera cartoons, including "Scooby-Doo." The sound effect has also been used in other cartoons like "The Powerful Girls," parody films such as "Young Frankenstein" and video games such as "Oregon Trail II."

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