Cinefeast Solo # 1: Tremors!

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I figured it would be best to choose a movie I love as my first ACTUAL Cinefeast Solo pairing, and although I’ve heralded many titles as my “absolute favorite” over the years, 1990’s Tremors is probably the film that holds the top slot. I can honestly say that I can’t remember a time when I didn’t know graboids existed. I was 2 when it hit theaters, maybe 3 when it came out on home video, and I’m willing to bet my first viewing experience happened around that age. Having lenient parents and older siblings, I usually ended up watching whatever was on our TV without question. At some point, my tiny ears listened to a very charismatic Kevin Bacon say the opening line, “Good Morning, Mr. Bassett, this is your wakeup call. Please move your ass.” and it managed to stick.

As I grew up and began to comprehend what the film was about, I fell in love. I wanted to live in Perfection and shop at Walter Chang’s Market. I wanted to blow up graboids with homemade dynamite, just like Val and Earl. Being raised in southwestern Pennsylvania, such a remote desert location seemed exotic and rustic; somehow magical. The locations used for the film have always felt so perfect to me. All of the vast dusty roads and rocky hillsides, even now, create a complete picturesque world for the characters to exist in.

I made some of my first close friends by playing “Tremors;”  a classic “ground is lava” style game, during elementary school recess. I hopped from slides to swing sets as Rhonda (played by Finn Carter). My favorite scene from the film takes place when she polevaults from rock to rock, outshining Val and Earl’s lackluster attempts at making a plan of escape. Rhonda’s character, while having some goofy moments in the film, always read as a pretty strong female role model for me.

After 1000 rewatches (maybe more), I’ve decided that Tremors’ death scenes are pure cinematic magic. The doctor and his wife getting sucked into the ground as strange melancholy country western music plays on their station wagon radio is completely brutal, and old Fred getting slaughtered with his sheep gave me quite a few nightmares as a kid. I’ve always felt that Tremors has some sort of strange balance, a great amalgamation of gruesome horror and cartoon-like human interaction. Some might call that “cheesy”, but I find it to be oddly comforting. As the graboid slithers back and forth on the ground near Val’s feet, watching him stand still as he lifts his leg again and again is insanely unrealistic, but somehow in this world where Perfection exists, I am always immersed enough to suspend my disbelief without question. I enjoy this film. So much so that I probably watch it once a month. If you’ve not watched it in the 26 years it’s existed, I highly recommend that you find it and watch it right now.

You’ll probably need some snacks.

I’ve got a recommendation for that too:

For this Cinefeast Solo pairing, I chose to keep things simple with hummus and crackers. I’ve created a Roasted Garlic Parmesan Hummus adapted from an amazing tahini-less simple hummus recipe by Amanda at The Wholesome Dish, and Spicy Tomato Basil Cracker Sticks inspired by this Wheat Crackers recipe by Ray Anne on allrecipies. Let’s jump in!!!

Ingredients

Roasted Garlic Parmesan Hummus
1 can of Garbanzo Beans (15oz)
1 clove roasted Garlic, minced
¾ tsp. Cumin
¼ tsp. Salt
¼ tsp. Pepper
4 tbsp. Water
1 tbsp. Lemon Juice
¼ c. grated Parmesan
2 tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Fontina Cheese (as garnish)
Paprika (as garnish)

Spicy Tomato Basil Crackers
1 ¾ c. Wheat Flour
1 ½ c. All Purpose Flour
½ tsp. Salt
¼ c. Olive Oil
½ c. Sun Dried Tomatoes, finely chopped
4 tbsp. fresh Basil, chopped
½ tbsp. Chili Powder
⅛ tsp. Red Gel Food Color (optional, that’s what made my sticks look so graboid-y)
Additional Salt to sprinkle on top

  1. Preheat your oven to 350℉ and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl (I used the bowl of my stand mixer) combine the flours, salt, chopped tomatoes, basil, and chili powder.
  3. Next, add the olive oil and gel food color and mix until a dough forms.
  4. Roll out the dough to about ¼ inch thickness on a well floured surface, and cut into strips.
  5. With your hands, roll the strips into sticks and cut them in roughly 3 inch pieces. (If you’d rather have standard crackers, you can roll the dough thinner to about ⅛ inch thickness and cut rectangle crackers as well!)
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  6. For GRABOID sticks, press the ends into a Y shape and place them on the parchment paper in an S to appear more snake-like.
  7. Place all of your sticks on the parchment lined baking sheet and sprinkle with salt.
  8. Bake the sticks (or rectangles) for about 15 minutes in your preheated oven. (Time may vary depending on how your oven cooks, I’d say set your timer for 10 minutes and monitor the crackers in 1 or 2 minute intervals until they are lightly golden brown at edges and feel firm to the touch.
  9. While the crackers are baking, rinse your garbanzo beans and “shell” them. (If you hold a bean in your hand with your thumb and pointer finger and slightly pinch, you’ll slide off the outer skin. While not essential, if you remove the outer skin on the beans, your hummus will be extra velvety!)
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  10. Add your garbanzo beans, minced roasted garlic, cumin, salt, pepper, water, lemon juice, parmesan, and olive oil to the bowl of a food processor and blend until it reaches your desired hummus consistency.
  11. Sprinkle your fresh hummus with paprika and some shredded fontina cheese. (I made a tiny Old Fred sculpture and silicone putty mold so I could create a big ass cheese head as garnish. ALL OF MY DREAMS ARE COMING TRUE!!!!
  12. Lastly, put Tremors on and FEED YOUR BEAST!

Stay tuned! More feasts to come!

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