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Poll: The Most Triggering Sound Effects

When it comes to moviemaking the moving images are the king and the king has a royal court, which makes him even more impressive. The sound! Since the movies got sound, all are concentrated on the dialogues and on music, which are making the movies more atmospheric. But one little agent provocateur triggers the audiences subconciously. The sound effect! It may trigger you in any kind, from tensing to calming and anything in between.

Which of these kinds of sound effects triggers your interest in the scene or sequence the most?

Tell us here.

Make Your Choice

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    Hero (2002)

    The calming sound of constant water drops. On the other hand: The nerve-racking sound of drops in a sink. Also sounds of showers or rain.
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    Burt Lancaster in Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)

    Calming and soothing sounds of birds or other pets.
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    Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)

    Deep impact-, explosion- or detonation sounds, close down to 16Hz, which is the border from noise to tactile felt vibration. Also sounds of Earthquakes and crushing buildings.
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    Ruth Oliver in Ghostbusters (1984)

    Slightly creeping or even loud sounds of appearing spiritual beings. Moaning. Howling.
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    Ben (1972)

    Animal noises like masses of rodents gnawing and nibbling in the shadows. Also sounds of masses of insects or snarling or hissing predators.
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    Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta in Pulp Fiction (1994)

    Unexpected gun blasts.
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    Colin Farrell in Phone Booth (2002)

    The noise of loading half-automatic guns or the clicks of moving revolver drums. Or the clicking of the trigger on an empty bullet chamber.
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    The Time Machine (1960)

    Alarming sirens or alarming bells, including Stalin Organs, air raid sirens and stuka's jericho-trumpets.
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    The Evil Dead (1981)

    Squeaking and creaking hinges and different other sounds of closing doors. Slamming doors.
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    Mark Hamill and David Prowse in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

    Laser weapon blasts, lightsaber sounds and any other kind of Science fiction weapons.
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    Duel (1971)

    Squeaking tires on asphalt or the sound of pulling the brakes.
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    Seabiscuit (2003)

    Clatter of hooves or sounds of stampedes. Also Footsteps or stomps.
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    Kenneth Branagh in Murder on the Orient Express (2017)

    Locomotive whistles, steam engines, hissing steam, signal bells, signal horns, or the rattling sound of the wagons while driving.
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    Poltergeist (2015)

    Trees or other things banging against windows.
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    Clock Cleaners (1937)

    Sounds of carillons and church bells.
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    Kurt Russell in The Thing (1982)

    The noise of burning flames or flamethrowers. Fireplaces in the house. Wildfire. Campfires. Or sounds of burning in a crematorium.
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    Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)

    Helicopter blade sounds. No matter if in normal or slow motion speed scenes. And prop airplanes.
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    Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

    The sounds of machine guns, mini guns or Gatling guns.
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    Gunnar Hansen in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

    The sound of chain or circular saws and chaff-cutters.
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    Wall Street (1987)

    Sounds of the masses in cities that don't sleep around the world. Traffic, crowded areas, demonstrations, clashes, murmur, chatter, etc.
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    Fury (2014)

    Heavily deep sounds of diesel motors like from tanks or bigger trucks.
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    The Terminator (1984)

    Noises of discharging electricity or lightning and thunder. Also flipping numbers of displays.
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    Peter Coyote, Henry Thomas, Barbara Hartnett, James Kahn, Milt Kogan, and Pat Welsh in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

    The sound of medical equipment like respirators, moving isolating curtains, defibrillators and "the machine with the bing!" ... and its constant tone when the death occurs.
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    Aliens (1986)

    The sound of alien creatures, alien seeds or alien pod hatching.
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    James Stewart in Rear Window (1954)

    Ringing phones or door bells. Knocking on doors.
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    Distant Drums (1951)

    The "Wilhelm Scream".

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