“You’re doomed! You’re all doomed!” Classic Ralph. Or Crazy Ralph to those who knew him well.
Legendary Friday the 13th Soothsayer Crazy Ralph (Walt Gorney – what a great old-school name, who’s called Walt Gorney these days?) is a prized asset in the F13 world. His wonderful scene chewing pronunciation of the word “dooooomed” has endeared him to many a horror fan. Ralph first appeared in Friday the 13th (1980) and the 1981 followup where he met his untimely demise at the hands of the very evil he was trying to warn those lusty teens about. But I bet you don’t know that old Walt kinda reprised Ralph, in voiceover at least, for the opening monolgue of Friday the 13th Part VII (1988). Deadly Movies favourite Ralph moment occurs when he somehow materialises in Alice’s pantry in the original movie, delivering some classic warnings of “doom” direct from god. Alice is of course shocked, and why wouldn’t you be? You go to the pantry for a can of beans and what you get is a deranged old man with too many shirt buttons undone who’s been hiding in your kitchen pantry for god-knows how long. The only way this could have been bettered is if Ralph had peddled his classic blue bicycle out of the pantry. You can see Walt’s appearing act in the video below at around the 28 second mark:
Friday the 13th will always be a day for horror fans to celebrate Walt Gorney (1912-1991)