Toronto 2015 Interview: Robert Eggers And Anya Taylor-Joy Talk THE WITCH And Puritan Excess At any moment in human history, no matter how civilized we may think we are, dark woods have a long reach for scaring us. The Witch viscerally demonstrates how easily fear and superstitions take over in early 17th century New England as a Puritan family tries to go it alone in the unfettered wilderness. The film favours long, uncomfortable, zooms into endless trees, as well as intimate family life in a cottage at the edge of those woods.