The 2010s produced some game-changing high-concept action movies but some were more out there than others. Fans of strange stories and weird designs can often be left disappointed by supposedly leftfield mainstream movies but there are genuine oddities out there to find if you know where to look.

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Those on the hunt for genuinely weird action movies should make sure to check out these 10 titles ASAP for a crazily good time.

10 Blade of the Immortal (2017)

For his 100th film as director, Takashi Miike adapted the manga series of the same name to live-action, and his famously gory style mixed wonderfully with the story’s magical characters and frequent fight scenes.

Following a disgraced samurai who is made immortal by a series of “sacred bloodworms” taken from a Holy Lama and given to him by an 800-year-old nun, the bizarre plot incorporates elements of classic samurai movies, comedy, political power struggles, revenge, and, of course, horror.

9 Wrath of the Titans (2012)

In a world where superhero mythology dominates so much of the mainstream movie calendar, it’s rare to find a movie that’s as objectively odd as Wrath of the Titans. A followup to a generic effects-driven modern-day remake that no one seemed particularly invested in, but did well enough to mandate a sequel, this Greek mythology action-adventure is a dark, gritty, silly, epic about loss, family betrayal, daddy issues, and the death of the Olympian gods.

Set a decade after the events of the first movie, despite being released just less than 2 years after it, the story doesn’t act as a bridge for a trilogy and makes a number of very conclusive narrative decisions. The copious monster designs are often grotesque and horrific in nature and the fight scenes can be brutally violent. It is a strange anomaly in franchise Hollywood filmmaking that tops even most comic book movies in terms of weirdness.

8 Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons (2013)

Journey to the West

Based on the 16th century Chinese novel of the same name, director Stephen Chow’s comedic reimagining of the origins of the classic story’s main players is culturally very specific. But it’s played so expertly, and so broadly, in terms of humor that anyone in the world could understand and associate with the characters.

The story depicts the origins of the novel’s lead character as a naive and bumbling demon hunter on a quest to find nirvana and their run-ins with a variety of ancient monsters create some of the decade’s most peculiarly entertaining setpieces.

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