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21 Surprising Sound Effects Facts From Your Favorite Movies

Whether you're a Star Wars freak or more of a Terminator kinda person, there's a fact in here for everyone. Who knew you could achieve such wild sound effects with something as mundane as a plastic cup?

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    sound effects - Soldier - The sound used for Arnie's shotgun is actually two cannons
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    sound effects - Adaptation - The brachiosaurus sneeze is a combination of the sound of a whale's blowhole and a fire hose turning on
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    sound effects - Text - Ringwraith screams are plastic cups scraping together
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    sound effects - Organism - The sound of the T1000 passing through the cell bars was achieved by inverting an open can of dog food and recording the sound as it slid out
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    sound effects - Dinosaur - JURASSIR SiRASE PACK The T-Rex.roar was a combination of dog, penguin, tiger, alligator, and elephant Sounds. It's footsteps were recordings of cut sequoias crashing to the ground
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    sound effects - Holy places - The sound of the stone lid beingiremoved from the Ark was Sound Designer Ben Burtt removing the lid from the tank of his toilet at home
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    sound effects - Text - The sound of Han Solo being released from the carbonite is the sound of walnuts being crushed. The same sound is used in Episode V when Vader crushes the neck of a Rebel
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    sound effects - Nature - The sound of the Matrix code is digitized raindrops on a paneof glass
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    sound effects - Motor vehicle - Kirk's motorcycle is the same Sound used for the fying cars in The Jetsons
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    sound effects - Demon - The Balrog's roar is a cinderblock being dragged across a floor
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    sound effects - Movie - The sounds of the weapons are real. They are recorded from actual gunfire of live ammunition from authentic period weapons (Foley artist Jana Vance actually dislocated three ribswhile lugging heavy gear and military boots for a scene's sound effects)
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    sound effects - Event - The sounds of the doors opening is paper slidingfout of an envelope (except in the 2009 film; it's a Russian train's toilet flushing)
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    sound effects - Space - TIE Fighter sounds are a combination of a young elephant squealing and a car driving by on a rain-slicked highway
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    sound effects - Adaptation - The sounds the raptors make while communicating are recordings.of turtles having sex. The hissing noises are from a goose
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    sound effects - Nose - The screech of the newborn alien was made by animal impersonator Percy Edwards. He was specifically requested to make the sound by Ridley Scott, and it was done in one take
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    sound effects - Text - The bullet ripple sounds were achieved by putting bullets on strings and whirling them around the studio
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    sound effects - Formation - Sound Designer Ben Burtt was displeased with the sounds him and his team were getting for the boulder rolling scene, since actual boulders rolling downhill weren't doing the trick. Later that day, Burtt and the sound crew were driving down a gravel embankment in a Honda Civic, and Burtt realized it was the perfect sound. He held a microphone out the window near the rear tire to record it
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    sound effects - Font - Bullets hitting the T1000-are an inverted glass slamming into a container of yogurt
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    sound effects - Team - Blaster sounds were made by smacking a steel cable with a hammer
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    sound effects - Telephone booth - FOLIKE K BOX POLICE The sound of the TARD.LS. is a key scraping piano wire
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    sound effects - Movie - The sound of thousands of snakes slithering is a combination of fingers being stuck into a cheese casserole, and the application of wet sponges to a skateboard's grip tape
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