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Interview with Composer: EDWIN WENDLER

I bring you composer Edwin Wendler as he talks about the last few scores he was able to be a part of and our luck he is part of our family. Howlin' Wolf Records is releasing the soundtrack to "I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE 3: VENGEANCE IS MINE", which makes this interview extra special. So please read on and enjoy... enjoy... enjoy! Thanks to Edwin, Peter, Wall, Zach, Beth, The Wolf Pack and Ashley for bringing this talented person in our direction...
Jeremy [The Wolf]

Jeremy [The Wolf]: You recently completed work on three scores which I would like to call "THE TRIPLE SCARE", could you please tell us about them and how you became involved?

EDWIN WENDLER: The first "scare" was UNNATURAL.  It's a movie about a polar bear that's a result of a failed experiment.  It breaks out of the lab and kills people.  The movie was shot on location in Alaska, and it is relying on mechanical effects and makeup rather than CGI, which is a nice throwback to the 80's.  The movie's cinematographer, Marc Carter, recommended me to director Hank Braxtan, which is how I became involved.  The first edit of UNNATURAL was done by Mike Mendez, who is best known as a director (BIG ASS SPIDER).  I talked to Mike at the cast and crew screening of UNNATURAL.  He seemed very impressed with my music, and a few weeks later, he asked me if I wanted to write music for FRIDAY THE 31st, which is a segment in the horror anthology movie, TALES OF HALLOWEEN.  How could I not say yes?  Mike's segment is funny, crazy, and just pure, cinematic entertainment.  I highly recommend all the other segments as well.  The movie is getting great buzz.  I found out later that Mike had recommended me to CineTel Films, and they eventually hired me for I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE III: VENGEANCE IS MINE, which is a sequel to 2010's I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE and continues the story of Jennifer Hills as she tries to make a new life for herself after the trauma she went through.  Things go terribly wrong, eventually, and she decides once again to dish out her version of justice.  Things get very bloody.  I tremendously enjoyed working on all three projects.

Jeremy [The Wolf]: How much creative freedom did you have on these films, what might be something you will take away from the overall whole experience?

EDWIN WENDLER: I had a great amount of freedom on all three projects.  All of them had temporary music in them, but all the film makers were open to new ideas, which I was free to explore.  On UNNATURAL, I really had a blast writing very active action music using odd meters and weird noises.  FRIDAY THE 31st just made me smile all the way through.  On I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE III, I was able to work with vocalist Aeralie Brighton, which made the music really special to me.

Jeremy [The Wolf]: Three scores, three music labels... how does that feel knowing that these are getting or will be getting released?

EDWIN WENDLER: The process of releasing an album is so full of hurdles and can be quite complicated and nerve-racking.  It takes several, highly dedicated individuals to make it happen.  The guys working at the labels are often the unsung heroes.  I feel very, very lucky that albums are coming out for all three of those projects.

Jeremy [The Wolf]: What's next?

EDWIN WENDLER: A couple of smaller projects and two feature films, which I can't say anything about yet because they are in very early stages of production, but I've started work on them, and I am very excited.  Thank you for the questions!




I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE 3: VENGEANCE IS MINE: In a continuation of the story line from the 2010 film, Jennifer returns working for a Crisis Hotline, where a serial killer is using the hot-line to target rapists. Trailer: [HERE]

TALES OF HALLOWEEN: Ten stories are woven together by their shared theme of Halloween night in an American suburb, where ghouls, imps, aliens and axe murderers appear for one night only to terrorize unsuspecting residents. Trailer: [HERE]

UNNATURAL: Global climate change prompts a scientific corporation to genetically modify Alaskan polar bears with horrific and deadly results. Trailer: [HERE]

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