There’s a sickness in movies.
It started as a convenience.
It then became a joke.
Now it’s an irritation.
It’s called the Wilhelm Scream. Coined based on the name of the character who first gave the scream in a movie decades ago, this scream crops up in just about any action movie where someone dies. Here’s a short compilation of its use:
And here, if you can stand it, is a longer one:
Here’s the problem: it’s now so clichéd and so obviously an insider joke within Hollywood that it’s being played to death. If you’re aware of the scream, and how clichéd its usage has become, then it starts to detract from the enjoyment of any movie it features in. For me, it’s gone way past an eye-roll or even laser-eyes, it now instantly makes me loathe whatever scene it’s used in.
Most jokes have a use-by date. Popular comedies can be named by the dozens where the writers clearly got tired half way through and gave up coming up with any original jokes. If you see the same comedian perform every 6 months and he or she never changes the act, you’ll stop laughing after a while.
If anyone involved in film-making is still laughing at the Wilhelm scream, they need to stop, and think about the audience. These days using it just reeks of being a lazy hack.
Find another scream. Maybe even by the actor in the scene. We won’t mind if it sounds different.