During the eighties, we saw resurgence in fascination with angels. Not sure why. Perhaps given the tensions between the Soviets and the Reagan administration at the time, it made some sense. Also, if I'm not mistaken, there was much discussion about organized religion and the religious, with the Moral Majority up and coming. That being said, some folk saw angels everywhere and felt their presence at all times. It's as though each person was assigned some supernatural guardian to watch over him or her. To each his own.
Things seems to have shifted though, and continue to shift. In the nineties, I remember seeing a film called "The Prophecy",which, while it may not have been a great work, was at least intriguing.
The concept was that the angels have been war, that two factions have turned against one another over the issue of jealousy for God's affection for the human race. Perhaps the most memorable moment was Viggo Mortenson's turn as Satan as he attempts to put an end to the battle because, after all, the angels are intruding on his territory. Watch this scene, a bit dark and a bit long, but Mortenson is deliciously creepy.
A couple years back Keanu Reeve appeared as Constantine, a demon hunter who also finds himself in a battle between angels and demons and has a face to face with The Dark One. Feel free to watch the below scene, again, a bit long, but I do enjoy this interpretation of Satan.
More recently, the under-rated television series "Supernatural" has effectively dealt with this theme. Two brothers, or hunters, who take on all manner of monster and demon, eventually, through the last several seasons of the series, find themselves in the middle of the Apocalypse and through their actions and interactions with angels and demons, find themselves dealing with Lucifer himself. Some of the creative forces behind this series were responsible for "The X Files" and they in plotting the story arc of the show, they did something "X-Files" creator Chris Carter never seemed to be able to do, keep a together a tightly woven and consistent mythos. Of course, when one has the Christian and other religious mythos to work from, the job is mostly done for them. Still, although it felt like "Supernatural" started out as a horror version of "90210", it became something unique and often brilliant and witty.
And now, the angels are coming again in the form of "Legion", a motion picture which is described in this manner: " When God loses faith in Mankind, he sends his legion of angels to bring on the Apocalypse. Humanity's only hope lies in a group of strangers trapped in a desert diner and the Archangel Michael. (Sony Pictures)"
Really? I don't know about this one. When Hollywood releases a film in the dead of January, it's always a bad sign. When the producers refuse to give it an advance screening for critics..it's a worse sign. I'm afraid that much of what I've heard about "Legion" confirms my fears.
However, I still think there is something here. Folk have asked "What do we do after the vampires and zombies have played out?" I think the answer is in angels. As we approach 2012 and as talk of apocalyptic misery increases, so will the appeal and appearance of divine creatures, coming to both torture mankind and save him.
Me? After I finish my next zombie novel, tentatively called "The Horde", I'm writing me some angels. But they won't be all fuzzy and pink, and not one of them will be named Clarence.