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It’s a movie that I watched when I was a kid in the mid 80’s. The main character was either an alien type himself or wore a mask to protect himself from the sand. This movie had conical shaped sand pits that had creatures at the wait under the sand as soon as you fell into them.

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  • What's the setting of this film? Present day Earth? An alien planet? Commented Mar 9 at 16:58
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    Also, are there any films with similar creatures that you can rule out for us? Like Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, for example. Commented Mar 9 at 17:05
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    There are sand traps that are conical with dangerous alien creatures in the bottoms in the movie ENEMY MINE. See here: youtube.com/watch?v=qy2wbgzUaD0
    – Cassfrank
    Commented Mar 9 at 17:11
  • Giant antlion-like alien menaces are very common in visual science fiction media. See here for the real-life inspiration: youtube.com/watch?v=q2K3v29zeOM
    – Buzz
    Commented Mar 9 at 21:40

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This could be Enemy Mine from 1985.

Here's a clip on youtube which shows sand pits like you describe (though what the clip doesn't show is that the pits are completely conical and motionless until disturbed):

In this film we see the pit creatures eat turtle-like aliens:

an alien "mock turtle" being captured by a sand pit creature

There are a couple of scenes where our main characters nearly fall prey.

There are mostly just two characters in the film, one human and one alien humanoid who... well it looks like a man in a mask to be fair.

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