I Spit On Your Grave III: Vengeance Is Mine
Composed By: Edwin Wendler
Distributed by: Howlin' Wolf Records
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
In the third installment of the horror series, I Spit On Your Grave III Vengeance Is Mine, Sarah Butler is Jennifer Hills, a woman tormented by the brutal sexual assault endured years ago. Having changed identities and cities in an effort to start over, Jennifer follows her therapist’s advice and joins a support group. After the murderer of a fellow group member and friend goes free, Jennifer loses it. Tales of serial rapists haunting her, she decides to hunt down those responsible and do what the justice system never could – make them pay.
The musical score of I Spit On Your Grave III: Vengeance Is Mine was created by Austrian composer and arranger Edwin Wendler. Born into a musical family, Wendler’s musical career began in singing, traveling with the Vienna Choir Boys from 1985 to 1989. But his passion for film music began early at the age of ten. From 1996 to 1998, Wendler wrote, directed and scored several award-winning short films for Magellan-Film. In 2001, Wendler scored his first feature film, Home – The Horror Story. Since then, he had created musical score for a number of feature films, including Azureus Rising, The Interior, Christmas with a Capital C, Escape, Tales of Halloween and Unnatural.
The soundtrack of this film is very diverse in nature. Each track represents Jennifer dealing with a new adversary and therefore, each track, though containing snippets of Jennifer’s main theme, moves differently. Some tracks are hardcore, featuring rocking guitar riffs (Marla). Some tracks contain a quiet beauty. Others express danger or terror with horror cues like blasts of sound, distortion, manipulated sounds, screeching violins and darker tones. Vocals are used to intensify the emotional distress felt by the main character. According to Wendler, “Jennifer needed a theme that sounded mournful, but also noble and somewhat twisted, all at the same time. Her intentions are very understandable, almost virtuous, so the melody needed to reflect that through a certain amount of beauty and lyricism, yet I asked vocalist Aeralie Brighton to sing as though she was pissed off….I started with the main title, establishing some of the sounds and textures, as well as Aeralie Brighton's vocals, brittle and almost imperceptible in the beginning. A quick taste of things to come.”
The I Spit On Your Grave III: Vengeance Is Mine Soundtrack is quite an interesting listen, featuring more than just horror cues. There’s some action, some emotionally intense drama and more, making this soundtrack worth the listen even for non-horror flick score fans.