When a sequence of a film like Halloween hits the screen it is not possible to compare the new work to the original. The first Halloween was riveting well written and followed the pattern that the kids doing naughty things would pay at the hands of Michael Myers. Kills has a decent foundation to begin with, but is lost as the writers: David Gordon Green, Danny McBride and Scott Teems spend the majority sequences in the film attempting to be creative at developing methods for Myers to slaughter members of the town of Haddonfield.
Jamie Lee Curtis plays the same character and is interesting if only for how she has aged from a teenager in the first film in 1978 to today as an older woman with white and grey hair.
Along with many other recurring characters (played in their original parts) she is determined to destroy the evil Michael Myers who began his killing spree by destroying Laurie Strode’s (Curtis) friends on a deadly Halloween night 43 years ago. The flashbacks draw the story together and bring interest to the danger which has in one way or another affected the residents of Haddonfield.
Curtis’ Laurie is a focal point but Will Patton’s wounded police Officer Hawkins discloses his part in the Halloween night years past when he had an opportunity to kill Myers during their first encounter and did not.
Anthony Michael Hall is perfect as adult Tommy Doyle (he was the young boy
who watched The Day The Earth Stood Still with his sister and frightened her by hiding behind the curtains back in 1978). He has become obsessed with killing Myers and leads the crowd of Haddonfielders to act like a lynching mob.
While the exploration of the plot connections from the past are interesting, we quickly see the writers degenerate the plot into creative methods for Myers to slaughter more townspeople.
After the first twenty minutes nothing interesting or worth watching happens.