A desperate group of people wait at a rundown Cuban transit station for the next bus to arrive. The problem is, it never shows up. While a number of busses pass by the station, and others that are either full or at the end of the line stop by, it soon becomes obvious that the bus everyone was waiting for has left them high and dry. While one of the would-be passengers, Emilio, uses his downtime to win the affections of the beautiful Jacqueline, most of the rest decide that if they’re stuck without anywhere to go, they might as well make the station a better place to wait, and they begin forming a plan to turn the decrepit bus terminal into a showplace that people would look forward to visiting.
Rocco and Rodrigo are cousins, but they’re not at all alike. Rocco is the loose one, Rodrigo’s uptight. But when their grandfather Rodrigo Carnicero dies, the two are forced to hit the road in an old car provided by the late Rodrigo and take the old man’s ashes to the sea. The cousins clash, bond and finally reach their destination. There, they have an eye-opening series of experiences as they try to fulfill their grandfather’s last wishes.
Mexico City circa 1965: Flavia is an aristocratic little girl, who is very lonely and bored. At school she meets and befriends a strange and beautiful girl named Verónica, who dreams of becoming a witch. Their games get increasingly sadistic and macabre, and escalate to involve the bloody murder of a piano teacher and macabre mayhem.
While traveling through the South after the ravages of the Civil War, a parentless young boy named George Mellish is told the spooky tale of an axe-murderer called “The Fool Killer.” When George befriends the odd Milo Bogardus, he begins to fear that the legends might not be mere fiction.
The disaffected wife of a failed civil servant, is thrilled to re-encounter Octavio, a former lover who is now a union activist on the run from a corrupt politician. Hoping to help him, she descends into the Mexican underworld, where she finds a purpose-and a thrill-missing from her married life.
The legist doctor, Juan Carlos Lozano, is in charge of investigating a series of murders of women. However, he wishes to renounce the case, since he has had nightmares about a mysterious man without a face. Without knowing what to do, he goes with his friend and psychiatrist Eugenio Britel, who encourages him not to give up on the investigation, as well as to start a treatment to discover the reason for his dreams.
In spite of looking a mess (as though it had been subjected to some sort of butchery), this remains a weirdie of the first order: a perverse religious allegory in the form of a Western. The Kid is a vicious psychopath given to laughing a lot, an actor manqué (anyone who doesn’t like his ‘performance’ is shot) who leads a gang of looters and rapists, and is incestuous with his father to boot. The town’s resident Mater Dolorosa, madam of the brothel, hires her lover Marcado (meaning scarred: ‘We all have scars, and the ones inside never heal’), a tight-lipped killer in the Eastwood mould, to kill the Kid, who is of course her son.
A white woman enters into a romance with a Mexican Indian. The racial barriers between the lovers prove to be insurmountable, resulting in tragedy.