The Wilhelm Scream sound effect can be heard in the movie Sucker Punch when the fire-breathing Dragon lands on the castle bridge and uses her left wing to sweep knights off the towering structure. You can even make out the single knight who apparently uttered it, flying out of frame to the viewer’s right.
The Wilhelm Scream is a popular sound effect that is nearly ubiquitous in modern movies and TV shows, usually heard when a character is dying – most often falling from a great height or getting blown up. Although it was recorded in the 1950s and used occasionally since then, its popularity exploded after sound effects designed Ben Burtt incorporated it into Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977).
The scream originated in the 1951 film Distant Drums, uttered by actor Sheb Wooley, whose character was bitten by an alligator. However, the wailing cry picked up its moniker after being cried out by a character named Private Wilhelm in the 1953 movie The Charge at Feather River.
Burt won an Oscar for his Star Wars sound work and incorporated the effect into almost every movie he worked on with George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, leading other sound designers to employ the Wilhelm Scream, too.
Wilhelm Scream in Sucker Punch