Tales from the Crypt (1996)

Season 7 Episode 12

Ear Today... Gone Tomorrow

Aired Unknown Jul 12, 1996 on HBO



  • Allusions

    • K-Mart

      K-Mart is a department store chain originally opened in Michigan and expanded throughout America, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands. It is famous for its "blue light specials", carts or displays marked by flashing blue lights to indicate sudden specials and deals. Unfortunately, the company buckled under competion from Wal-Mart and Target and filed for bankruptcy. They would close numerous stores and layoff thousands of employees as a result. In 2004, it purchased the Sears Roebuck Company and took their name, with their overall company becoming the Sears Holding Corporation. The K-Mart banner includes K-Mart, Big K-mart and Super K-Mart, as well as stores not affiliated with them that were sold off in the seventies in Australia and New Zealand. Canadian stores once existed but were bought by Canadian competitor Zellers in 1998. Other companies once owned by K-Mart that were sold off over its existence include: The Sports Authority, Borders, Waldenbooks, and OfficeMax.

      In this episode, during the opening and closing wraparound segments, the Crypt Keeper is working at Slay Mart, a takeoff noticeable from the rhyming name and the mention of "boo-light specials".