One reason Steven Soderbergh's new thriller 'Contagion' seems so scary is that its depiction of a worldwide viral pandemic seems all too plausible. That's no accident; Soderbergh and screenwriter Scott Burns made a point of consulting with actual scientists to make sure their movie stuck close to a realistic scenario. Of course, consulting with scientists takes filmmakers only so far down the path of realism. Even in 'Contagion,' there is some dramatic license taken, some science that is fudged for dramatic purposes. (That's the case with all bio-horror thrillers whose big bad monsters are microscopic viruses.) We looked at several viral scarefests to see how they stack up scientifically. The results may surprise you.
Outbreak Movie Poster
In Theaters on March 10, 1995

A dangerous airborne virus threatens civilization in this tense thriller. After an African monkey carrying... Read More

28 Days Later Movie Poster
28 Days Later
Based on 39 critics

A group of misguided animal rights activists free a caged chimp infected with the "Rage" virus from a... Read More

Contagion Movie Poster
Based on 38 critics

When Beth Emhoff (Gwyneth Paltrow) returns to Minnesota from a Hong Kong business trip, she attributes... Read More