|Purple People Eater|
|Directed by||Linda Shayne|
|Written by||Linda Shayne|
|Based on||"Purple People Eater"|
by Sheb Wooley
|Produced by||Brad Krevoy|
Neil Patrick Harris
|Edited by||Cari Coughlin|
|Music by||Dennis Dreith|
|Distributed by||Motion Picture Corporation of America|
Purple People Eater is a 1988 American science-fiction comedy film based on Sheb Wooley's 1958 novelty song of the same name, written and directed by Linda Shayne, and stars Neil Patrick Harris, Ned Beatty, Shelley Winters, Dustin Diamond, Peggy Lipton, and Thora Birch in her film debut. Chubby Checker and Little Richard made musical guest appearances. The film was released on December 16, 1988.
When young Billy Johnson (Neil Patrick Harris) plays the novelty song, a one-eyed, one-horned flying purple alien from outer space appears. The creature helps Billy prevent his elderly grandpa Sam (Ned Beatty) and Sam's neighbor Rita (Shelley Winters) from being evicted by their greedy landlord Ken Noodle (John Brumfield), all while playing in a rock and roll band.