What Industry Professionals and Film Critics are saying about Take-Out:
"You can tell everyone involved is having fun with the material." Aint It Cool News
"Take-Out is a Psycho, sexual thriller that stays with you long after the credits roll." -Linda Ellman, 3-time Emmy Winning Producer
"The direction is assured, with a lot of attention paid to small details. It's the kind of thing that most directors don't pay attention to, but it makes a huge difference. Gleefully creepy and most enjoyable." Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"Joe Russo has a flair for directing and it shows, "Take-Out" is a humorous and "twisted" little chiller - very Hitchcock." - Roger Tennis, Phoenix Film Critic Society Vice President
"Take-Out is a surprise. A real gothic treat." -Stan Robinson, AZ Weekly Entertainment Magazine
"[Take-Out is] a tasty batch of deception." - Baron Craze, Associated Content
Director Joe Russo was at the head of a forty-person crew to help bring his award winning short film,"Take-Out", to life. Written by acclaimed independent filmmaker and Executive Director of the Phoenix Film Festival, Chris LaMont, "Take-Out" stars Dean Ronalds (The Graves) and Bob Rue (Locker 13, Neatherbeast Incorporated).
Heather O’Neil produced the picture under her Startlet Productions banner. LaMont additionally served as executive producer. Take-Out was shot on the Red One Digital Cinema Camera, a state of the art digital camera capable of matching the look and resolution of 35mm film.
Take Out (2009) - After deciding on take-out for dinner, elderly couple Robert and Doris’ quest for food is interrupted when they find Steve stranded on the side of the road. Offering him a ride, Robert and Doris are rewarded for their generosity when Steve invites them to his home for dinner. However the unsuspecting couple is unaware of Steve’s true intentions, and while steaks are indeed on the menu, so is death!
Starring: Dean Ronalds, Bob Rue, Debra Watt, Crystal Lubahn and Ivan Lugo
-WINNER Best International Short at the La Gona Film Festival
-Nominated for Best Horror Short at The Terror Film Festival
-Nominated for Best Horror Short in the 2009 IndieProducer Short Film Competition
-Ain't It Cool News
Screened at: Phoenix Film Festival (2009 AND 2010), International Horror and Sci-Fi Film Festival (2009), Terror Film Festival (2009), SoCal Film Festival in Huntington Beach (2009), Cape Fear Independent Film Festival (2009), La Gona Film Festival [Mexico] (2009), Film Stock (2009), AZ Student Film Festival (2010), AFA Film Festival (2009), Phoenix Comic-Con Film Festival (2010)