A Doomsayer is an individual, usually of questionable mental fortitude, who believes that a series of traumatic events is destined to befall a particular individual or location. Doomsayers are often regarded as crackpots, but oddly enough, tend to be more right than wrong. Due to their obsessive and often harassing rhetoric, doomsayers are generally dismissed by those whom they would try to warn. These mental cases goes on spouting a bunch of gibberish about the end of the world and how everybody is going to be judged or die in flames or whatever crazy, whack-a-loon notions suddenly pop into their head at any given moment. Oddly, none of these chaps are eve well-dressed clean-shaven types. They are usually middle-aged men with bad facial hair and even worse hygiene. Even less surprising is the fact that these clowns usually suffer from some sort of drug or alcohol abuse.
One of the more notable doomsayers in horror fiction is Crazy Ralph from the Friday the 13th film series. Crazy Ralph believed, and quite rightly, that Camp Crystal Lake had fallen under a death curse. Though he did not appear to possess any knowledge about the identities of either serial killer Pamela Voorhees or her son Jason Voorhees, Ralph still made an effort to warn the counselors against re-opening the campground. Ultimately, Ralph paid for his efforts with his life.
In Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, Doctor Sam Loomis was traveling on foot towards Haddonfield when he was picked up by a strange man named Reverend Jackson P. Sayer, whose old-time pick-up truck was adorned with various religious symbols. The two men shared a bottle of whisky and Sayer told Loomis that he had been "chasing evil" for nearly thirty years. Loomis sympathized, for he too was pursuing a man he believed to be the very epitome of evil - Michael Myers.
In the NBC television series She-Wolf of London, a character named Angus, played by Charles Lewsen, appeared in episode two, "The Bogman of Letchmoor Heath". Angus was blind, but claimed to have the gift of second sight. He claimed to have been descended from Celtic mystics and was able to instantly recognize the Mark of the Wolf upon werewolf Randi Wallace.
In the 2002 film 28 Days Later, an unseen prophet of doom wrote the words "The end is extremely fucking nigh!" on the walls of a stairwell following a plague that turned normal people into crazed, bloodthirsty maniacs.
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