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SPOILER ALERT

In Friday the 13th (2009), Jason Voorhees encounters a group of young campers. In usual Jason Voorhees style, he kills them instantly without a second thought. Two campers (Whitney and her boyfriend) stumble upon his house in the woods where Jason discovers their presence. Jason promptly kills Whitney's boyfriend, but ends up holding Whitney as his prisoner for approximately 6 weeks.

Jason Voorhees has never held one of his victims captive in any of the previous films (to my knowledge). Why did he chose to keep Whitney as a prisoner instead of just killing her like he usually does? Is there any explanation from filmmakers as to why Whitney was a prisoner rather than just another murder victim?

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According to Wikipedia:

whom he captures since she resembles his mother at a young age.

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    Hmmmm...after re-watching this movie a few days ago, Jason doesn't notice the portrait of his mother as a young woman until after he has kept Whitney prisoner for 6 weeks. He then notices his mother's locket around Whitney's neck with his mother's photograph in it. So, I'm not sure about what Wikipedia is stating here :) – steelersquirrel Apr 18 '18 at 22:13

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