I remember it started to get attention around the early 90s.
I do not recall it ever coming up in horror movie books from the 70s or so.
It was shown on A&E.
"Learn from me, if not by my precepts, at least by my example, how dangerous is the acquirement of knowledge and how much happier that man is who believes his native town to be the world, than he who aspires to become greater than his nature will allow." Frankenstein