Hey guys, sorry for absence from the forum lately... crazy times...
I'd like to know what your favorite blood-curdling screams from film or television are.
And nobody better say the Wilhelm scream! I'm talking about bone chilling, brutal screams!
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The first time you hear the Ringwraiths in Lord of the Rings - Fellowship is a good one.
The Ring had some good screams in it from Naomi Watts - especially at the end.
Not that it's a scream, but a sound that disturbed me when I was young was from the Pet Cemetary franchise. One of the bullies at school gets pulled over by the zombified dad and when he flips the motorcycle over to play with him - the sound the kid makes is just horrible. I can still hear it. Disturbing.
Original Texas Chainsaw Massacre had some good ones from the main girl.
Jaime Lee Curtis in Halloween was great.
Hate to say it, but Blair Witch Project had some good male screams from the guy who goes missing.
I'm gonna have to give another vote for Akira. It depends which version though. There are actually two English overdubs.
The original, which is my personal favorite was released by Streamline Video which was later distro'd by MGM/UA. The second version is from 2001 and that one is by Pioneer Entertainment and imo, the english dubs just lack the emotion (despite the better sync). The characters lacked the vocal character and emotion of the original dub.
Who knows, maybe it was nostalgia and the Pioneer dub just didn't live up to my expectations.
While the noise floor on the original version is admittedly a bit high, it's understandable considering when it was done. The 2001 Pioneer version has better sync, but the voices just don't live up to it for me and the mix is heavily drowned in verb in all the wrong places.
It's mostly the screams and vocalizations from Akira that I remember and in the newer version they just seems to not be as unique or emotive to me, besides the mix being not so well thought out or all that realistic.
It's kind of interesting because apparently there has been a lot of debate about this in the Anime community; which I'm led to believe because there are comparison videos on youtube. And thus makes this an interesting example for just this very topic.
The comparison of the scream sequence from this scene starts at 1:59, which has one of the most memorable Akira screams Original@2:30, 2nd Version @3:18 ). You should watch the 1st comparison before the scream sequence I mentioned and then the one I suggested to see what I'm talking about with the mix being drowned in excessive reverb in the wrong places.
Ever since I saw the movie as a kid, the screams of the men in The Lives of the Bengal Lancers while being tortured with bamboo under their fingernails has always turned my stomach a bit.
I also get the same feeling from Wesley's screams during The Princess Bride.
There's just something about a man screaming that's unsettling....
Van Ghog picture " The Scream ", it's stronger one!
Uh, actually that's Edvard Munch:
Pris's death screams in Blade Runner always creeped me out.
Twin Peaks: During the final episode when Agent Cooper is wandering around the Black Lodge. He encounters "evil" Laura Palmer who says "Meanwhile..." and then lets out a series of terrifying screams. Creeps me out everytime I see it.