The Wilhelm Scream is a classic soundbite from a 1951 movie. The track was originally tagged, “man being eaten by an alligator.” In 1953 it became known as the Wilhelm scream, even though in that movie, it was paired to a visual of a man taking an arrow to the leg. It’s been sampled in nearly 400 movies since.
The Star Wars franchise has used the screech in nearly every iteration. The first time we heard it, Luke Skywalker took out a Stormtrooper who falls to his death in agony — the Wilhelm scream dubbed in. That was in the original “Star Wars” movie, now known as “Episode IV: A New Hope.”
There Is a Beastie Boys Reference in “The Force Awakens"
Resistance pilot “Ello Asty” was named by the creature department, according to J.J. Abrams. He is quoted saying that he gave them the thumbs up as a wink and a nod to the band’s 1989 album “Hello Nasty.” Abrams also noted that the name on the pilot’s helmet spells “L-O-S-T,” tying in the director’s TV series.
The fact is, Abrams is a Beastie Boys fan, and this is not the only reference. For example, another creature named Ilco Munica, was lifted from the B-Boys’ album “Ill Communication.”
Yoda Appears in “E.T.”
Steven Spielberg and George Lucas engaged in a spirited back-and-forth homage to each other’s films. In the Halloween trick-or-treating scene in “E.T.” (1982), Yoda appears for a minute. In case you’re thinking, ‘Of course, there’s a kid in a Yoda costume, Yoda’s been around for like two years,’ E.T. says, “Home, home!” while walking toward the creature.
Additionally, theme music reminiscent of Yoda from “The Empire Strikes Back,” the film that introduced Yoda, plays over E.T.’s. exclamations.
The Flags in Front of Maz Kanata’s Castle
In these films, it's like everything has a deeper meaning. Secret references and hidden signs are everywhere. That is exactly the case with the flags hanging over Maz Kanata’s castle. Each and every flag is a reference to something in the Saga. Every film, from the prequel trilogy to the original trilogy is represented.
A prominently displayed flag is Boba Fett’s Mandalorian flag. Several flags referencing the Pod Race from “The Phantom Menace” can also be picked out.
Three Easter Eggs in “Return of the Jedi”
We are talking about the creatures are part of the opening scene that takes place on Jabba the Hut’s barge. Far from being arbitrary, these three have names assigned by George Lucas, who was inspired by the classic sci-fi film “The Day the Earth Stood Still” (1951).
In that movie, the line, “Klaatu Barada Nikto” is uttered by an Earthling who delivers it, as if chanting a spell, repeating it twice. The incantation is meant to stop the GORT (Genetically Organized Robotic Technology) alien. Luke Skywalker slaughters Klaatu, Barada, and Nikto, leaving open whether or not Lucas is a fan of the old sci-fi movie.