5. The Howie Scream
My all-time favourite Hollywood sound effect is the so-called Howie Scream, also referred to as the “Yoouraaaaagh” scream, owing to the bizarrely high-pitched, distended scream let out by the “artist”. The sound is a more extreme version of the Wilhelm Scream, usually used when someone is falling a considerable distance, due to the drawn out nature of the scream. It has been used in Broken Arrow, Face/Off, Last Action Hero, The Basketball Diaries, and Serial Mom, among countless other movies.
It’s one overused effect that I nevertheless wish would be used a little more in place of the Wilhelm Scream, as the Howie hasn’t quite yet penetrated the cultural consciousness in the same way, and still amuses when it appears.
This article was first posted on June 27, 2013