The sound effect used for doors opening and closing in the game Doom
has rapidly become one of the Stock Sound Effects
and is one of the few sound effects that non-movie fans will be able to identify right off. The reason for this is quite simple: The sample comes from a sound archive, which is a series of stock sounds — explosions, screams and so on — that can be licensed out to filmmakers. Thus, the makers are not ripping off Doom
; they just happen to have used the same sound files that were used in that game.
Many films use the same sound effect libraries; the only reason this one is obvious is that gamers of a certain age have heard it thousands of times over...
Mac users of the correct age might likewise recognize Marathon
elevators in a lot of media.
Can be listened to right here
See also: Stock Scream
- Doctor Who uses this a couple of times:
- "The Impossible Planet", likely an intentional reference, given that the plot, like that of Doom, involved a remote mining colony that discovered a powerful demonic monster.
- "The Waters of Mars", in which a Mars base encounters a water-borne alien virus that possesses people.
- Also turns up in the Torchwood episode "Cyberwoman".
- Austar, an Australian television channel, used the Doom Doors sound in one of its promos.
- In the later seasons of Mystery Science Theater 3000, one of the theater doors makes the Doom Doors sound.
- Possibly a Shout-Out, as certain members of the creative staff (particularly Jim Mallon and Michael J. Nelson) were fans of the game.
- Also heard in the middle of the Babylon 5 fourth-season episode "Into the Fire", in a space battle scene.
- Some episodes of Good Eats have used the Door sounds...and the dying sounds of some of the demons, too.
- Used in the second half of Season three of 24.
- The doors in the Stargate SG-1 SGC sometimes make this noise.
- During the opening sequence, and commercial interstitials, for Modern Marvels, the sound of the doors opening and closing can be heard while the show's logo is being constructed.
- In the short lived CW show Birds of Prey, the entrance to Oracle's secret hideout uses this sound.
- Used, of course, by the MythBusters in their video games episode, where one of the myths was testing Hyperspace Arsenal as used in first-person shooters like Doom.
- Weirdly enough, a non-door example was used in Buffy the Vampire Slayer in "The Harvest". When Luke is staked by Buffy, the sound effect plays as he disintegrates.
- Doors in the film version of Doom open with a non-doom doors futuristic style sound... until the film shifts to a First-Person style and becomes much more similar to the game, complete with doors now inexplicably opening with the characteristic noise.
- Several of the doors on the titular Event Horizon make this noise, possibly referencing the fact that the ship's drive opens a gateway to Hell.
- The Force Awakens features the sound when the engine of Rey's speeder cools down.
- "Bein' Who We Are", the song which came on the CD bundled with the Bratz: Space Angelz line of dolls, used the Doom door sound effects in the opening to the song. You can hear the song here.
- The music video for Body Movin' by the Beastie Boys has the sound effect used for the spy's cave. 
- Mann Gegen Mann by Rammstein uses a sound effect that sounds suspiciously like Doom Doors. Also note the sound of the Doom shotgun can be heard in Wollt ihr das Bett in Flammen Sehen.
- Moskau by Rammstein uses a sound effect which sounds exactly like the Tau Cannon spinning up in Half-Life
- Mannequin by The Kovenant starts with an effect which sounds exactly like the spell charging of PSI-Monks in the MMORPG Neocron
- Jonny Quest, Ezekiel Rage's secret underground base has one.
- The Venture Bros., "Victor Echo November", the sound effect is mixed with another one when the power goes out at the Venture compound.
- Rugrats, "The Mega Diaper Babies": The sound plays when the robotic Angelica's head is about to explode.
- American Dad!, "The Kidney Stays In The Picture": Both the opening and closing sounds are mixed together for when Stan and Francine are returning from 1996.
- Justice League Unlimited, The sound plays when Tobias Manning's robotic Pegasus is destroyed and it shuts down
- Teen Titans Go!, "Staff Meeting", when Cyborg falls unconscious.
- Archer, "Heart of Archness Part One", when the plane's engine fails while Sterling and Rip are arguing.