The Twilight Zone (2002–2003)
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Harsh Mistress 

A struggling musician achieves international fame and wealth after acquiring a guitar with a bloody past.


Brad Turner


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Episode credited cast:
Lukas Haas ... Corey Williams
Sticky Fingaz ... Ricky
Tangi Miller ... Ashley
Jim Byrnes ... Dion
Greg Kean Greg Kean ... Executive
Joelly Segal Joelly Segal ... Engineer
Crystal Lowe ... Groupie
Jy Harris Jy Harris ... Sound Tech
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Forest Whitaker ... Himself - Host


A struggling musician achieves international fame and wealth after acquiring a guitar with a bloody past.

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Canada | USA



Release Date:

30 October 2002 (Canada) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Lukas Haas (Corey Williams) previously played Mike in The Twilight Zone: What Are Friends For?/Aqua Vita (1986). See more »


Forest Whitaker - Host: [opening narration] Cory Williams dreams of being a rock star and all that it brings, fame, fortune, an endless parade of women. But for some, this dream comes with a price. For Cory, that price will be something far greater than he ever bargained for.
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Bitch (Inside Of Me)
Written by Rick Kurek
Performed by Brother
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Killer McCain
22 August 2016 | by kapelusznik18See all my reviews

***SPOILERS*** Untalented and down in the dumps wannabe rock superstar Corey Williams, Lukas Haas, scratches up enough money by selling records at street corners to buy this guitar at his local pawn/music shop that suddenly turned his life around. It belonged to star guitarist Johnny McCain who blew his brains out in 1957 after his last sold out concert in Milwaukee in honor of the Milwaukee Braves baseball team who've just bet the NY Yankees in the world series. At first like Johnny McCain Corey hits the chart with his guitar doing all the work, in playing beautiful music, for him but soon finds out that it will-Like it did to Johnny McCain-destroy anyone who comes in contact with it and soon is in deep deep trouble!

Corey also finds out that the "Majic guitar" also causes his fingers to bleed when he's playing it and brain to short circuit as well. The final straw is when a sex starved Corey invited one of his many female admirers Ashley, Tabgi Miller,to spend the night with him that she was instead of having a good time strangled by the strap on the guitar as a reward! Now realizing that the guitar is cursed Corey does everything he can to get rid of it but, after throwing it in the dumpster, it still keeps coming back too him.

***SPOILERS**** Out of his mind and about to be committed Corey decides to take a ride in his newly acquired sports car, that he bought with the money he made in his latest concert, and take this ride to nowhere ending up in the dead, not twilight, zone with only the magic guitar, that somehow got on board, surviving! In the end it was the guitar that controlled Corey and not the other way around and instead of giving him fame & glory as well as all the chicks he could handle it only lead Corey to an early grave. Like it did to it's previous owner rock or, as they were called back in 1957, rock & roll star Johnny McCain!

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