Movie Review: Rust Creek


Now available for purchase and on digital is the suspense thriller, Rust Creek. It’s directed by Jen McGowen.

Rust Creek stars Hermione Corfield, Jay Paulson, Sean O’Brian, Micah A. Hauptman and Daniel R. Hill. The film is distributed by IFC Films.

Sawyer (Corfield) is a successful college student who is heading to Washington, D.C. for a job interview. Her GPS sends her on the wrong path, and she is forced to pull over to navigate where she needs to go the “old fashioned” way – with a map.

While she is checking out the map, a truck pulls over in front if her and two men get out and head in her direction. They ask if she needs help, but she tells them that she is OK. The men insist that she needs help, and they approach her even closer. Sawyer is quick to pick up that these men are no good.

Sawyer’s assumptions are right when the men attack her. She fights back and it able to flee into the woods, but not without getting injured in the struggle.

Now Sawyer has to be on the run from these men, who clearly know the woods a lot more than she does. She’s lost, injured and on the run.

Sawyer meets another person who lives in the woods, but she’s not safe there with him either. The men are in hot pursuit. There is also another person who is out there looking for her. He has nefarious for finding her as well.

How will Sawyer survive in the backwoods? Will anyone be able to find her before it’s too late? To find out, you need to purchase or rent Rust Creek. Look for it where ever movies are sold or streamed.

Rust Creek is one of those “straight to DVD” type of movie. It was never shown in theaters are far as I know. Don’t let that fool you. Sometimes these type of movies are “hidden gems.” Rust Creek is one of them.

Admittedly, I thought I knew the direction this movie was going. But I was wrong. Initially you get the impression that this is going to be a movie about how Sawyer has to outrun the men and find food, water and shelter in the woods, and that’s it. But there is so much more to this movie. There are a lot of twists and turns in this film. It also had an ending that I didn’t see coming.

The cinematography really adds to this film. It’s dark and gloomy and it makes you feel wet and cold, so you feel for Sawyer’s predicament. It gives the impression that being in the backwoods of Kentucky is not the place you want to be.

The acting is pretty good.

Even though Hermione Corfield is the star of the film (Sawyer), I think it’s Jay Paulson’s character (Lowell) that really “steals the show.” His acting makes you really feel for Lowell and his situation. I found myself hoping that he finally found a way out of the woods along with Sawyer, even though technically he wasn’t trapped there.

Both Micah A. Hauptman and Daniel R. Hill pulled off being backwoods hillbillys very well. Their acting was very convincing, even though Daniel R. Hill didn’t get much screen time.

Overall I was impressed with this film. I would actually watch this film again. In fact, I purchased a digital copy of the film (I only had a screener copy of the film for this review). For me to purchase the film, you know I must really like it.

The film does have an 84% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Currently, the new Star Wars film is only at 57%.

The film does have an official website, in case you would like to learn more about it – RustCreek.com. The film is also on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (RustCreek). The links are found on the bottom of the website.

Below is the film’s trailer for your enjoyment.



*I received a free screener copy to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

About Kimberly

Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family and "mini zoo" consisting of five cats, a dog and a Goldfish. Kimberly is a teacher's assistant for a Kindergarten class. When she is not working or blogging, Kimberly enjoys taking photos of nature and hanging out with family and friends.


  1. I watched the first half of this film and didn’t like it so I quit.