I have this scene from a movie stuck in my head where a man has an alien lifeform infecting his hand. On top of that, I have a vague memory of this being at the end of the movie, and of the "infection" having kind of a "mini monster head".

I already mistook this movie for The Abyss (1989) and Event Horizon (1997); it's neither of them. The movie is surely not newer than early 2000s. Can someone help me? Does anyone remenber a scene like this from a mid-'80s to early 2000s sci-fi film?

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    Welcome to the site. This is, unfortunately, a pretty common trope and also pretty common for a last minute sequel hook, offhand I can even think of a few videogames that have done it. If there's anything else you can add, it might help narrow it down. Thanks.
    – Radhil
    Commented Apr 26, 2021 at 22:36
  • Well, my memory about it is very vague. But I think that the man shows his hand with the monster head to another one, as if he was hiding it. But I dont rebember if this means a good thing that the "species" is preserved or a bad thing and the man is doomed. The head is kind little and it fits in the close hand, its has kind of a splatter format from wich the little neck and head come from.
    – SkullDiner
    Commented Apr 26, 2021 at 22:46
  • futurama.fandom.com/wiki/Brain_Slug
    – Valorum
    Commented Apr 26, 2021 at 23:00
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    – Valorum
    Commented Apr 26, 2021 at 23:00
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    I thought Parasyte was likely too, and you should definitely post it as an answer, but its 2014 release date doesn't line up with the question.
    – ConMan
    Commented Apr 27, 2021 at 4:44

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My guess is Parasyte: Part 1. @ConMan points out rightly though that it came out in 2014, so it doesn't meet the criteria of being an early 2000s movie.

Mysterious aliens called "Parasites" suddenly begin their invasion when some of them infect humans by entering their brain. One of them attempts to enter the brain of high school student Shinichi Izumi, but resorts to infecting his right hand after failing to bypass his headphones. Thanks to this way of entry, Shinichi retains his human consciousness, unlike the other victims. After his initial shock, Shinichi befriends the parasite and names him "Migi" (Japanese for "right").


Could it be the horror movie "The Gate" from 1987? Near the climax the creatures implant a demon eyeball in the protagonists hand. He is a child though.

Here is the climatic scene where you first see the hand and is full of delightful stop motion animated monsters.

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