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Filmmaker needs help making nightmare come true

It was a little something extra that got a Walnut man hooked on making movies. Now, he’s looking to return the favor.

Independent filmmaker Aaron Rahn, 41, is writing, directing and producing an indie horror comedy, “A Horrorable Nightmare,” and he’s looking for some local talent to help make the movie.

Rahn needs extras, makeup artists and people to play supporting roles – and who knows, maybe one of the people he hires will be a future filmmaker. 

That’s how Rahn started out.

He got a taste of what it’s like to make an independent film in 2015, when his house was used as a filming location for the movie “Cellar Secret,” which was directed by Michael Wade Johnson.

“I answered an ad looking for a basement to shoot an indie film in and they ended up using most of our house,” Rahn said.

Rahn, his wife, Heather, 32, and daughter, Alexia, 12, also were extras in the film, which really kickstarted his hunger for the film industry.

“From there I started answering casting calls for extras and background actors,” he said. “One of my favorite experiences was last fall, when I was an extra for the [2018] film ‘Widows’ directed by Steve McQueen.”

These days, he’s getting behind the camera, as writer, director and producer of “A Horrorable Nightmare,” which follows the adventures of man determined not to break a deal he made with Death.

“I am a huge horror fan, but I didn’t want just another slasher flick, so I’m adding some silliness into it,” he said.

“I started thinking about the ‘Scary Movie’ franchise and the ‘Naked Gun’ movies and the story started to come to life,” Rahn said.

Rahn has landed a few known actors, such as Kelli Maroney (Cindy in “Fast Times and Ridgemont High” and TV’s “Ryan’s Hope” and “One Life to Live”), Ernie Reyes Jr. (who had roles in the movies “The Last Dragon,” “Red Sonja” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II,” among others) and William McNamaran (whose credits include TV’s “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “NYPD Blue” and numerous movies).

Filming will begin Aug. 1 and last two weeks. Rahn said he’s going to need about 40 extras each day.

Part of the movie will be shot at White Pines Forest State Park between Oregon and Polo.

“I needed a place with a lot of trees that would also have a cabin or house. I reached out to White Pines, after being denied permission to use a park in Princeton,” he said. 

The only stipulation was that Rahn would have to rent a cabin in which to film.

He’ll also shoot scenes at Sinnissippi Park in Sterling.

Rahn has high hopes for “A Horrorable Nightmare,” betting that it could even develop a cult following.

“I think the movie has the potential to gain a huge following, similar to the ‘Sharknado’ and ‘Evil Dead’ films,” he said..