Ever notice the sound effects editors seem to work overtime on some films? From explosions to machines to screaming to music, and all combinations of the above, have your remote handy so you can keep adjusting the volume for these blaring bad boys:
- Die Hard: The sudden rat-at-at of machine guns. The sudden explosions of glass and concrete. The sudden outbursts of expletives from Bruce Willis. Noise-making in the service of something great. “Theo, I give you–Die Hard.”
- Starship Troopers: The chaos, the screaming troops, the shouting, “Run! It’s a giant space bug!” Plus the crashing of the laws of physics being broken by all that noise in space. And don’t forget the sound of the audience booing when What’s-His-Pretty won’t stop hanging up on What’s-Her-Boring and notice Diz.
- Norma Rae: The factory noise is loud enough to make you want to call your union rep. Thank the editors there are all those moments of quiet worker oppression to give your ears a break.
- Lethal Weapon: Don’t worry, most of the noise is the comforting sound of the buddy-cop-movie being perfected. And big, butch guns. And the well-placed cusswords of Shane Black’s fine script. We’ll never be too old for this shit.
- Aladdin: Between the squawking of Iago, the squawking of Robin Williams, the running-around-Baghdad-in-your-harem-pants-SFX and the horn section, this one should keep the kiddies wide awake.
- District 9: Ka-BLAM! Blow those prawns away with your big, butch guns! Ker-PLOW! Duck while they aim back with their much bigger, much butcher guns (or whatever those weapons were)! Plus, me screaming in suspense…OMG, I have no fracking idea what’s going to happen next, I love this movie! (Granted, that last probably won’t appear in your screening of the film.)
- 5 Million Years to Earth: Oh, those Brits and their clever 60s sci-fi films. At
first, they lull you in with a movie so quiet, even British audiences are like, “These fellows are so repressed. Can’t they liven things up a bit?” Then, the metal object buried underneath London starts making noise–high-pitched, supernatural, metals-clashing-in-hell noise. Your nerve endings are like, “Hey, what the … ” Pretty soon, the SFX guys bring on the wind machines and the debris, the screaming, the running, the civil defense alarms designed by people who survived the London blitz. You wonder if those actors ever heard anything again.
- Goonies: Chunk, shouting out warnings of danger, an obnoxious little Cassandra no one will listen to. Data, shouting out his fractured-English lines that no one can listen to. All 57 of the kids together, shouting who-the-heck-knows-what. And then Cyndi Lauper, loud-like-the-80s, on the soundtrack. You too can experience the joy of babysitting and not getting paid.
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