It is not long before Raging Angels heads right into evangelical Christian territory Gospel choirs, faith healing and so on. It knows and uses all the doubletalk of the trade gifts of discernment, spiritual deliverance. Michael Parés villain is a generic Anti-Christ figure who embodies all the evils the Anti-Christ is seen as representing the One World Government, spreading the philosophy that people are their own gods and the peculiarly American belief that world peace and socialism would somehow rob people of national sovereignty. (None of which seems a bad idea on the face of it it may well say something about the mindset of the people behind the film when the person preaching self-determination and liberal politics is seen as representative of The Devil and that the one who is dismissed by other politicians as a paranoid crank is seen to be correct all along).
Despite throwing in the Anti-Christ and whipping up a war between angel and demons, all that Raging Angels offers is a dull and predictable variant on the theme of the hero trying to save his innocent girlfriend from a corrupt demonically-empowered music promoter see films like The Phantom of the Paradise (1974) and Rock and Rule (1983). When it comes down to it, the films theology is shaky. Its; demonic war plot, which was conducted much more imaginatively in the secular The Prophecy (1995), smacks more of Zoroastrianism than Christianity the Lords Prayer is less a statement of faith than it is a magic invocation to banish demons, while crucifixes and the very name of Jesus Christ are used exactly like magical artefacts in a game of Dungeons and Dragons.
The two kids Sean Patrick Flanery and Monet Mazur are good-looking and entirely vapid. Michael Paré, usually a stolid leading man in B action films, gets the polished smoothness down reasonably well as the Anti-Christ. French actress Arielle Dombasle, usually known for taking her clothes off, has no other point in the film than to vamp and strut about airily. The film was made by Dutch producer Chako Van Leeuwen, previously only known for Piranha (1978) and Piranha II: Flying Killers (1981). The director, in clear contempt of the exercise, hides behind the generic Directors Guild pseudonym Alan Smithee, their real name not currently being known.
For a Christian film, Raging Angels has surprisingly more of an adult edge than the usual moral censorship advocated by most Christians might make one think. There is a surprising number of four-letter words and even a love scene between the hero and (unmarried) heroine although it is a PG-rated love scene where we see no more than her naked back as she sits astride him, nevertheless ... The soundtrack is filled with excruciating Christian heavy metal groups such as Holy Soldier, Candlebox, Kingdom Come, Golden Earring, The Mission U.K., Stryper, Mozart and Army of Lovers.