‘Popcorn Thriller’ Set in South America Features an Alaskan Actor

Arnold Vosloo as Colonel Bach addresses American soldiers in the latest film, “Condor's Nest” in theaters and digital release Friday.  (Courtesy photo/PMKBNC)

Arnold Vosloo as Colonel Bach addresses American soldiers in the latest film, “Condor’s Nest” in theaters and digital release Friday. (Courtesy photo/PMKBNC)

Writer-producer-director Phil Blattenberger, whether intentionally or by accident, sends a pretty clear message with his latest World War II film, “Condor’s Nest,” opening in theaters nationwide and on demand on friday.

“I don’t think there’s necessarily a specific message other than maybe you’re not a Nazi, or if you are, South America is not the place to be,” Blattenberger said.

“Condor’s Nest” is described as a fun 1980s-style popcorn thriller set in South America during the hunt for Nazi war criminals. American war veteran Will Spalding, played by actor Jacob Keohane, is on a quest to track down the sadistic Nazi Colonel Bach, played by Arnold Vosloo. After Spalding watches Bach execute his entire bomber crew, he embarks on a revenge mission that takes him to a remote location in South America. Little does Spalding know, he’s in for more than he bargained for when he discovers a secret Nazi headquarters known as the Condor’s Nest.

Corinne Britti as Leyna Rahn holds hostages at gunpoint in

Corinne Britti as Leyna Rahn holds hostages at gunpoint in “Condor’s Nest.” (Courtesy photo/PMKBNC)

The film has no shortage of familiar faces, including Alaskan Cody Howard (“Point Man,” “The Right Stuff”). Although Howard was born in Florida, he said he spent most of his childhood in Eagle River, Alaska, and said he cherishes not only the memories, but every chance he gets to go back to his roots. In addition, Howard said that he is grateful for the opportunity to have worked on a film starring actors he grew up idolizing.

“There is no place like Alaska in the world,” Howard said. “I am very excited to have been a part of Condors Nest. It was a dream come true to work with such a great team and a fantastic cast. I deeply admire Arnold Vosloo, someone I grew up watching in movies. He is a true artist and working with him was an experience I will never forget.”

Along with actor Vosloo (“The Mummy,” “Blood Diamond”), the film also stars leading man Jacob Keohane (“Halloween Kills”) and other notable actors including Michael Ironside (“Top Gun,” “Total Recall”) , Jackson Rathbone. (“Twilight,” “Last Airbender”) Jorge Garcia (“LOST,” “Hawaii Five-0”) James Urbaniak (“Venture Bros,” “The Office”) and Academy Award nominee Bruce Davison (“Longtime Companion”, “X-Men”).

Jacob Keohane as film lead Will Spalding opposite his co-star Corinne Britti as Leyna Rahn in the WWII action/thriller “Condor's Nest.”  (Courtesy photo/PMKBNC)

Jacob Keohane as film lead Will Spalding opposite his co-star Corinne Britti as Leyna Rahn in the WWII action/thriller “Condor’s Nest.” (Courtesy photo/PMKBNC)

Blattenberger said he wanted to make a film that would pay attention to the relatively untouched subject of thousands of Nazis who fled to South America after the fall of Hitler at the end of World War II.

“Through one cultural node or another, I think almost everyone has some idea that there was something to do with the Nazis in South America at some point, but it is not widely known or taught that something like 10,000 Nazis they actually fled. Germany after the fall of the third reich and settled in South America in Argentina and Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, everywhere,” Blattenberger said. “So, I think that this lent itself to fertile fields in which to weave a story.”

Al Pagano as Albert Vogel with Michael Ironside as Agent Astakhov in Phil Blattenberger's latest film, “Condor's Nest”.  (Courtesy photo/PMKBNC)

Al Pagano as Albert Vogel with Michael Ironside as Agent Astakhov in Phil Blattenberger’s latest film, “Condor’s Nest”. (Courtesy photo/PMKBNC)

Audiences find themselves taking an adventurous journey around the world from the beginning of the film in France in the 1940s, which then quickly shifts to Argentina in the 1950s and the coastal plains then into the jungles of Paraguay and deserts. from Bolivia, but as Blattenberger explained, domestic locations were used to carry it out.

“France was actually in North Carolina, where we had an art department assembling a full-scale crashed B-17 bomber on a farm,” Blattenberger said. “Then for most of our South American locations, we actually employed a sort of classic sleight of hand that you see in the movies where we went to Peru and shot a lot of our big wide exteriors and tighter shots that are inserts that show things. that could only be South America, but then when you cut to say the inside of a hotel bar in Paraguay, it’s actually Charlotte, North Carolina.”

Jackson Rathbone as Fritz Ziegler alongside Nazi henchmen in “Condor's Nest,” in theaters, on demand and digitally released Friday.  (Courtesy photo/PMKBNC)

Jackson Rathbone as Fritz Ziegler alongside Nazi henchmen in “Condor’s Nest,” in theaters, on demand and digitally released Friday. (Courtesy photo/PMKBNC)

This isn’t the first time Blattenberger has worn the hat of writer and director simultaneously, nor is it his first film focused on war. In 2018, Blattenberger released “Point Man,” which takes place in 1968 Vietnam, however, Blattenberger said that despite having two war-related movies under his belt, it’s not necessarily an approach he tries to prioritize.

“In Point Man, it was a quote about a Vietnam movie, but more than that, it was a crime drama set against the backdrop of the Vietnam War that put it in context,” Blattenberger said. “And similar is The Condor’s Nest, in which there are obviously these war themes and the threads of World War II are these themes that are woven throughout this entire narrative. The first 15 minutes of the movie there’s a plane crash and a German tank and a German colonel, yeah sure those are war scenes but it’s not a war movie.

In essence, Blattenberger said the film is meant to be more fun than defined by genre or convey a meaningful message. Blattenberger said her main goal was to create a character- and plot-driven film in which audiences are immersed in worlds they would never otherwise experience.

“At the end of the day, you’re buying an hour and forty minutes with a bucket of popcorn,” Blattenberger said. “You’re seeing the Mummy villain playing a German colonel in front of a tank and you can see Michael Ironside, the Bond villain playing a Soviet spy and you have Academy Award nominee Bruce Davis playing a kind of foil to an archaeological museum. Nazi scheme and Jogre Garcia as Hurley from Lost, you just get to see all these characters you know and love from various things that represent this exciting South American renegade thriller and pastiche of a kick-ass Nazi movie of the decade. from 1980, so grab the bucket of popcorn and go to town, I think that’s our message.”

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