Very vague I know - I remember watching this movie without really knowing what it was, and enjoyed it, but can I find it again? No.

There were alien / creatures involved, the first ones we meet are sand-dwelling / burrowing...

Later in the film something happens to allow the creatures to cross back into our dimension and there's lots of fighting / action in the desert with huge flying creatures...

  • Hi, welcome to SF&F! This was a live-action movie? Where did you see it?
    – DavidW
    Commented Nov 30, 2023 at 22:01

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This sounds a lot like the 2020 movie Monster Hunter based on the video game of the same name.

Quoting from the plot summary on Wikipedia:

On Earth, U.S. Army Ranger Captain Natalie Artemis and her United Nations security team search for a missing team of soldiers in the desert. A sudden storm pulls them into a portal to the New World where they find the remains of the missing soldiers and their vehicles. As the Diablos approach them, the Hunter, who is observing the group, fires a warning signal. The Diablos, impervious to bullets and grenades, attacks and kills two members of the squad.

In the ensuing battle, Artemis falls through the portal, returning to Earth. The portal does not close in time, and the Rathalos emerges and begins wreaking havoc. Artemis is able to slow it down long enough for the Hunter to slip through the portal and deliver the fatal shot. The Admiral approaches her, just before the appearance of another flying monster; a black dragon known as Gore Magala. He notes that as long as the portal remains open, there will always be the threat that monsters will pass through to Earth. Artemis concludes that finding a way to take down the Sky Tower is now their primary objective.

Big nasty pops up from the sand.

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    I remember watching this film. It was appallingly bad. But fun.
    – Valorum
    Commented Nov 30, 2023 at 22:26
  • DavidW - thankyou! That is exactly the one I was looking for! Commented Nov 30, 2023 at 22:26

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