She's the perfect girl friend there. Adorable, cute, pretty/not gorgeous, just pretty, soft in those soft jeans, et al. Genius to set her in that role and have her obey what must have been preemptive role playing instruction. That was not by chance nor by accident.
Yeah, Wes Craven was a true master.
What could be more shocking than having the cute kid from E.T., that everyone fell in love with, brutally murdered by the killer in the opening scene? Very effective for sure.
Exactly. You could not believe it even as it was happening. It's the moment in that film.
All her screwin' around, & scandals, & what-evers disappeared in those precious minutes of film. Only after did "we" appreciate what she'd recognized in herself and her decision to sign that contract, listen to Craven's direction and lay it down onto celluloid.