After a couple of weeks seeking out his teenage daughter Maggie, Wade finds her in the quarantine wing of a hospital. Maggie has been infected by a lethal outbreak that transforms the victim into a zombie. Wade's friend Dr. Vern Kaplan releases Maggie to spend her last days with Wade and her family. Her stepmother Caroline asks Wade to take their little kids to her sister's house to keep them safe. While Maggie is slowly transformed, Wade stays with her protecting Maggie. But Dr. Vern warns him that the moment that he will have to take an ultimate decision is closer.
Continuity Early on Maggie cuts off a finger on her left hand as the infection spreads. Later when she goes to visit Trent, she braces her left hand against the wall walking up stairs and we see her hand is healthy and intact, with no finger missing.
Revealing Mistakes There was no bandage or all fingers of "Maggi " was alright when she was going up on stairs,to meet "Trent", who was locked up in his room.
Director Henry Hobson was also the director and designer for the title sequence of The Last of Us (2013), a survival horror video game.
The screenplay for this film was featured in the 2011 Blacklist; a list of the "most liked" unmade scripts of the year.
Chloë Grace Moretz and Paddy Considine were originally going to star.
The film was withdrawn from the Toronto Film Festival at the request of Lionsgate, who picked up the film for US distribution.
The film was going to have its world premiere at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, along with subsequent screenings. However, according to a scheduling update on the festival's website, the film was "withdrawn at the request of the film's team."
Abigail Breslin's second zombie film. The first is Zombieland (2009).
Arnold Schwarzenegger's first zombie film.
The daisies on Maggie's mother grave are obviously a reference to the main character's name considering that the french word for "daisy" is "marguerite".
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