Straight to video sequels are throwaways. I stand by the statement that Tremors 2 is the best direct to video sequel of all time and is the only exception. However, while the movies may be trash they do sometimes provide composers with an interesting playground to mess around in. Frederik Wiedmann is no stranger to this world as he's composed scores like Mirrors 2 and Hellraiser: Revelations. For the third installment in the Hostel franchise we get what you'd expect, but I have to admit that Wiedmann executes this score impressively.
This isn't your run of the mill cheap-o horror score like you'd expect. The instrumentation and arrangements all do a great job of setting the mood and keeping the listener in that mood. The problem is that there is really only 1 mood. The score is borderline atmospheric, and to some that translates to boring. While the score isn't boring it isn't all that thrilling either. I can deal with atmospheric scores. Composers like David Julyan and Akira Yamaoka know how to float my boat, but I really wasn't feeling much here. It could be because I despise the Hostel films. They aren't horror films. They're gross out films made to make you squirm, and since I know all the tricks filmmakers use it does nothing for me. The music here functions as dreary atmosphere that occasionally picks up the tempo for some high energy tension. Now, the tension doesn't really lead anywhere except back to dreary atmospheres. The 50-minute running time on this album was a bit much for me, but if you're a fan of the series then I say check it out.
I can't say I'll be returning to this score. If you want to hear Wiedmann's true talents at work then tune in to Green Lantern: The Animated Series. He's doing some great stuff there. This score isn't terrible, let me make that clear. There are way worse scores out there. Wiedmann is an extremely talented composer and does the best with what he has. Unfortunately, what he has is Hostel: Part III