Here’s a behind-the-screams look at the contraption that makes those terrifying ambient noises in horror films. Behold the Waterphone!
Here’s its official site, which (misleadingly) made the instrument seem so benign!
According to its aptly named inventor, Richard Waters (R.I.P.): “The sound of the Waterphone has been compared to the haunting melodies of the Humpback Whale and voices from inner/outer space,” and furthermore: “My Waterphones have been used successfully to call whales and other Cetaceans.”
Also from his site: “Waterphones have been used on film and TV soundtracks such as Poltergeist, Star Trek, Bugsy, Young Guns, remake of The Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Man Who Skied Down Mount Everest, A Pure Formality (French), Truman, Powder, Mystery Men, The Matrix, The Shadow Conspiracy, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, The Spirit, Let The Right One In (Låt den rätte komma in), the TV production 24, Female Perversion, The Mentalist, and many others.”