On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 44% based on 92 reviews, and an average rating of 4.8/10. The site's consensus reads, "Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse fails to live up to its intriguingly wacky title, instead delivering yet another zombie comedy-thriller with a tired T&A twist." On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 32 out of 100, based on 17 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B–", on an A+ to F scale.
Principal photography began on May 8, 2014 in Los Angeles.
The film was released on December 8, 2015 onto Digital HD and On Demand, and on January 5, 2016 on DVD and Blu-ray.