Quotes / Hell Is That Noise

"I'm not an expert in the field, but that sounds to me like the cries of the damned."
Gordon, Freeman's Mind

"I now know what hell sounds like; I recommend a tactical nuclear strike on my position. Tell my family I love them."
NASA official confronting a sentient Victorian doll, Robot Chicken.

"Mutating people to turn them into living weapons is one thing, but yelling? Why make them yell? That's totally uncalled for!"
Joker on Banshee husks, Mass Effect 3

"Banshee! Agh, that sound!"
Kaidan, Mass Effect 3 Leviathan

"You're a jerkwad. I'm going to have to edit that, so it's not ear-wrenching."

"I literally cannot listen to this entire track continuously. It creeps me out so much that I have to pause it every so often so I can catch my breath and slow my pounding heart. I've never played Silent Hill 2 and I cannot imagine doing so with any manner of aplomb if THIS is the kind of music I can look forward to."

"Y'know that ringing in your ears? That 'eeeeeeeeee'? That's the sound of the ear cells dying, like their swan song. Once it's gone, you'll never hear that frequency again. Enjoy it while it lasts."
Julian Taylor, Children of Men

"I. Can. Hear. A. Sound."

"[Godzilla's roar] is the sound of nature, the sound of rage, the sound of power. It's a sound that would make anyone hearing it shiver. It's incredibly visceral."
Erik Aadahl, sound designer for Godzilla (2014)

"The most frightening sound in the world is a toilet flush. In the middle of the night. When you know you're in the house alone."

[There are faint screams in the distance]
Home Base (Speaker unidentified): What the hell was THAT?

"A switch was suddenly flipped inside me. Something primal and inarticulate tore its way out of my throat, a sound I could have never imagined that I could make."
Emma Barnes, Quicken

"Can you feel it? (...) I believe that's the sound the world makes when it pisses itself."
Hoid, The Way of Kings (first book of The Stormlight Archive)