Purple People Eater the Movie

Yesterday I posted about a Flying Purple People Eater for sale on Hake’s and mentioned that I had never seen a 3D representations of one before. User “Some Chick” suggested I check out the Neil Patrick Harris movie, Purple People Eater, so I did. The cast alone should make you want to see this gem, because in addition to NPH it has Ned Beatty, Thora Birch, Shelly Winters, Dustin Diamond, Chubby Checkers and Little Richard and many more.

The plot is simple, when a kid plays the song Flying Purple Eater, the creature actually appears.. The two of them then try and save a couple who are going to lose their home. Simple and believable. It is almost wonderful enough to beyond words.

Sadly it is only available on VHS, but if you can land a copy — it is well worth it.

Need convincing?


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3 thoughts on “Purple People Eater the Movie

  1. Badwolf says:

    Jeez. I don’t know. I think someone needs to go back to sound editing 101. And this was an actual production, like they showed this in movie theaters?

  2. Some Chick says:

    I’m pretty sure it went direct to video. By the way, why are there so many DTV movies where a kid meets some kind of magical creature or other, they help solve some problem in town while engaging in wacky hi-jinks, and they spontaneously have a rock concert at the end?

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