Hostel: Part III

Composed By: Frederik Wiedmann

Distributed by: Varese Sarabande

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            Released straight to DVD and Blu-ray, the third movie in the Hostel horror series centers on four friends who are enticed by two sexy escorts to leave the bachelor party in Las Vegas that they are currently attending in preference of a private party somewhere far off the Vegas Strip.  Unfortunately, these four men have unwittingly slipped into the clutches of the Elite Hunting Club and are now the focus of a game of sadistic torture.

            The musical score of Hostel: Part III was created by German composer Frederik Wiedmann, who began his film scoring career earning a Bachelor of Arts in Film Scoring from the Berklee College of Music in Boston in 2004. That same year, he earned the BMI Film Scoring Award.  He worked as an assistant to composer John Frizzell before making a name for himself with his musical scores for The Hills Run Red, Return to the House on Haunted Hill, Mirrors II and Green Lantern: The Animated Series

            For Hostel: Part III, Wiedmann composed a score that immediately sets the adrenaline flowing, featuring a fast-paced string and percussion combo that offers the listener insight into the dangerousness of the situation our four abductees have found themselves in.  Wiedmann adds ominous sounding undertones and electronic sound to set the hairs on the listeners arms and neck rising as they realize the victims’ terror.  Male and female vocals are used to heighten the sense of urgency the music implies. 

            Unlike many recent horror film scores, Frederik Wiedmann employs a number of musical techniques to instill fear and terror into the listener, thus adding to the visual intensity of the movie.  He doesn’t simply rely on electronics or musical cues to get the horror message through and that’s what makes the Hostel: Part III Soundtrack so engaging.  I particularly enjoyed Track 5, entitled Gender Bender, in which we listen to someone whistling what appears to be a cheery song.  It’s the echo of that whistle that allows the viewers’ imaginations to run wild as we imagine a murderous member of the club strolling down a dark, empty corridor, preparing something fun for his next victim.  Sounds intriguing, right?  But be forewarned, this is not a soundtrack to listen to while driving as some of the fast-paced, adrenaline-rush tracks featured on this album may be conducive to high speed motoring.


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