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White thin-skinned aliens with large heads have needles grow out of their fingers just before stabbing their victims, then retract. Drops of 'venom' fall from the tips. They (victims) and/or aliens (can't remember) disappear when the dirt/sand opens up bigger and bigger; reminds me of the funnel shape made in an hour glass.

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I think you might be thinking of two different films. The large-headed aliens with the retractable needles on the fingertips are from Invasion of the Saucer Men, (1957), and the "venom" turns out to be alcohol.

A teenage couple making out in the woods accidentally runs over an alien creature with their car. The creature's hand falls off, but it comes alive, and, with an eye growing out of it, begins to stalk the teens. Meanwhile, Joe the town drunk wants to store the body in his refrigerator, but some of the alien's buddies inject alcohol into his system, and Joe dies of an overdose.

The movie is available on Youtube. The aliens don't have much screen time, so check out their highlight reel here.

The aliens capturing humans in sand pits are from the original Invaders From Mars, (1953).

One night, young David McLean sees a spaceship crash into a nearby sandpit. His father goes to investigate, but comes back changed. Where once he was cheerful and affectionate, he's now sullen and snarlingly rude. Others fall into the sandpit and begin acting like him: cold, ill-tempered and conspiratorial.

The movie is available on Youtube, and one of the scenes in question is here.

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  • Sorry for the delay.... I think you are right! I don't remember Invaders being in color but that looks like it. Thanks.
    – Rick
    Jul 17, 2015 at 22:05

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