You don't need to have caught anything more than news coverage of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in Johannesburg, South Africa, to have heard the overwhelming, constant, and annoying buzz of vuvuzela horns. In an animated movie, these horns would be played by 1.2 million thoroughly irritated bees just waiting for their chance to take out the world's most talented soccer athletes and make their mark on history.
In this same spirit of competition, history-making, and thorough irritation, we've rounded up the 10 most annoying movie sound clips. Warning: If your ears are still ringing with vuvuzela feedback, consult your doctor before having a listen.
10. The Birds (1963)
Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 thriller gave us all second thoughts about setting foot into the Northern California sunshine. It also gave us a sound track filled with relentless screeching and squawking. Even the most hard-core horror fans have been known to hit the “mute” button during this scene.
9. Revenge of the Nerds (1984)
From birds to nerds, who can forget the pure, nasal goodness of nerd levity? (We, for one, would like to.)
8. Jurassic Park (1993)
Said to be part koala, part lion-tiger-alligator-baby elephant, the roar of the Jurassic Park
T-Rex worked well in the movie ... but, let's be honest, does hinder repeat viewings.
7. The Beautician and the Beast (1997)
Helen of Troy was said to possess “the face that launched a thousand ships.” Here we have “the voice that depressed a thousand mute buttons.”
6. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
No matter how annoying, few have actually died from a sound. That is, except for this poor Freddie Kruger victim.
3. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
When the Wicked Witch of the West meets her demise, the scene's blend of cackles and screams is bad enough for the humans in the room. Imagine what it must sound like to poor Toto.
2. The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009)
Just when you think Bella's whiny, petulant tone can't get any more grating, she decides to screech a warning to Jacob.
1. Dumb and Dumber (1994)
We can't explain it any better: The most-annoying sound in the world.