Aliens were mass controlling every human being by jumping on their back and plugging in to the neck. It looked like this:

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I can't remember anything but one scene, in which US soldiers were in a big hangar with their equipment, and had a video chat with the president. The president asked them to prove they were not being controlled by aliens, and a general said "No problem," started unbuttoning his shirt, and then turned around and the video signal was lost. (They cut off the video on purpose, because they actually were controlled.)


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I believe this is the 1994 film adaptation of Robert Heinlein's novel The Puppet Masters. While the president is a character in the movie, it's actually Donald Sutherland's character, a high-level intelligence agent, who teleconferences with the suspected military leaders. He asks a general to remove his shirt, and another military official (played by Yaphet Kotto) backs up his orders:

...and just as the general he's speaking to on the teleconference begins to remove his shirt, the video cuts out:

  • I remembered the Heinlein novel as I was reading the question. In the novel version, I think the video link was to a young military officer on an orbiting space station. Somehow, the guy was utterly unable to let them see a nice clear image of his bare back, although he kept claiming he was trying his best . . .
    – Lorendiac
    Mar 22, 2021 at 22:14

This look a bit like Dark Skies.

The series depicts The Hive as an alien species who are covertly invading Earth. They are a parasitic race of small multi-legged spider-like beings that can take control of host bodies, by attaching themselves to the brain.

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    iirc the ganglions there were inside the body, not visible from outside
    – PlasmaHH
    Sep 5, 2016 at 13:36

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