Reviewed by: Ken James
|Featuring:||Janice Van Dyke, Lynn Miller, Marijane Vandivier|
|Distributor:||Mars Hill Productions|
“He fools all of the people some of the time and some of the people all of the time. Has he fooled you?”
“Angel of Light” is the startling drama of a young woman’s search for her spiritual identity; a search that becomes a frightening journey where fantasy and reality are one. This is the story of Sara, a college student, who is drawn into a “New Age” religion through the efforts of her psychology professor. But what begins as a gratifying experience, soon plunges Sara into a walking nightmare, as her “angel of light” lures her toward eternal destruction.
“Angel of Light” is a gnawing, soul-searching trip that forces us to examine why we believe what we believe. This dramatic film is designed for high school and college audiences, but is equally effective for adults concerned with New Age philosophy.
University student Sara is one caught up with all the mystery and intrigue of the New Age movement. She find herself drawn to it under the tutelage of one of her school professors. A close friend is also drawn to it, but he begins to step back after learning that there might be something wrong with what seems at first to be an innocent search for spiritual truth. The question posed time and again in this 47-minute film is not whether the experience is real, but how can one know that the experience is telling the truth? If Satan is masterfully deceptive, which we all know he is, can’t he just as easily masquerade as an angel of light?
This film shows Sara’s initial fascination, further study of New Age philosophy, and the experiences she goes through on a weekend excursion to a New Age study center where she encounters her spirit guide and finds the truth that is trying to steal her soul forever.
John, a boy friend who tries to caution Sara, talks about what brought him to the truth: “I’ve been really interested in the prophecies of Nostradamus and Edgar Cayce. As a result of my interest in their prophecies, I began to study the ancient Jewish prophets. I discovered that unlike modern day prophets whose accuracy may reach 70%, the test of a true prophet in the Jewish tradition was 100% accuracy. This led me to carefully investigate what they had to say. What I discovered was that these Jewish prophets, living thousands of years apart, wrote several hundred verifiable prophecies that were all fulfilled in one man. And that this one man didn’t just claim to show the way to God, or be a part of God as did Buddha, Krishna, Confucius, Mohammed or Moses. He actually claimed to be God.”
Technical quality is good: shot in film instead of video, good lighting and effects at the appropriate places. The acting in generally quite good, though not in all places. Overall: well done keeping in mind it was produced in 1985. However, even with the a production year of over 15 years ago it does not have a “dated” feel. “Angel of Light” is recommended for those interested in or perhaps working with those surrounded by New Age philosophy.