Was The Wilhelm Scream In Star Wars: The Force Awakens?

There are many sounds classic to Star Wars movies. Did the Wilhelm scream make it into The Force Awakens?

The answer is: Yes, it did!

It’s easy to miss, or it was for me; I didn’t catch it till the third time around. That’s because it’s a bit faint. Plus, it takes place during a scene in which there’s a lot of action and other sound effects happening around it.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Poe Dameron (Oscaar Isaac) and a First Order Trooper
Ph: David James
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It happens early on in the movie, in the hangar bay of the Finalizer, Kylo Ren’s flagship Star Destroyer. FN-2187, later renamed Finn by Poe Dameron, has decided to abandon the evil First Order, and he needs to free Poe in order to do it. Poe is, as Kylo calls him, “the best pilot in the Resistance,” and Finn needs him to pilot them out of the Finalizer in a TIE fighter.

Poe’s necessary for Finn’s escape plan as the pilot, but Finn proves himself a good co-pilot with regard to firing the TIE’s turbolaser. He manages to wreak havoc in the hangar bay, killing or at least wounding many stormtroopers in the process. It’s one of those stormtroopers who delivers the signature Wilhelm scream.

For those of you who don’t know what the Wilhelm scream is: It’s a track of a man screaming and has been used in many classic films, not just Star Wars. However, much like the line, “I have a bad feeling about this,” it’s a staple in the experience of watching adventures in a galaxy far, far away.