April 3: Rock and role — A film that stars a rock star.
I don’t know how director and writer Linda Shaye went from Screwballs I and II and Crystal Heart to this movie, but here we are.
This is based on the Sheb Wooley song — one-eyed, one-horned, flyin’ purple people eater — and Sheb’s in here. So is Chubby Checker. And so is Little Richard, who used to scare the hell out of parents and now he’s playing the mayor in a kid film based on a novelty song and maybe that makes me a little sad.
But Flying Purple People Eater is packed with people who either were on the way down or on the way up. The kids staying with their grandparents are playing by Neil Patrick Harris and Thora Birch. Ned Beatty is their grandfather and Shelley Winters is his neighbor. And hey! There’s Peggy Lipton as the kid’s mom.
You know how not rock and roll this all is? It was a K-Tel International movie. Yes, K-Tel. The greatest hits records people. They also put out Pardon My Blooper and are still around today, releasing movies like Hotel Transylvania 2.
Other folks to look out for are Dustin Diamond and Jim Houghton, who was in Superstition and was Kenny Ward on Knots Landing.
Anyways, the story here is that the purple people eater forms a band with the kids and they end up playing shows to save old people from losing their homes from the evil Mr. Noodle (John Brumfield). It’s more Mac and Me than ET. How does that alien being appear? All you have to do is play his old record. No one is afraid when it happens. Me? I would have been screaming.