LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Fans dressed as vampires, zombies, monsters and mummies descended on the Greek Theatre Saturday for "Scream 2009," a Spike TV special that honors sci-fi, horror, fantasy and comic-inspired films and TV shows.
"It's crazy," said "Dexter" star Julie Benz. "It's a real loud, rock 'n' roll show."
Rock 'n' roll indeed: Fans welcomed Keith Richards with a standing ovation as Johnny Depp presented the legendary Rolling Stones guitarist with the Rock Immortal award.
"I liked the living legend, that was all right, but immortal is even better," Richards said in an interview before accepting his award.
Quentin Tarantino continued the celebration of the immortal as he paid tribute to "Night of the Living Dead" director George A. Romero with the Scream Mastermind award.
The star-studded event was taped Saturday and is scheduled to air as a two-hour special on Oct. 27. Jessica Alba, Kate Bosworth, Harrison Ford, Justin Long and Christina Ricci helped present the spike-shaped trophies to their peers.
The show opened with a larger-than-life snow globe inhabited by two creepy little girls. They emerged from the orb and as one girl slashed her throat, the other started bleeding from the neck. Keeping the creep-factor constant, a zombie piano player appeared later in the show.
Fans voted online for the winners, so some of the year's most popular films and TV shows took home trophies. "True Blood" was a four-time winner, taking honors for best TV show, along with best villain for Alexander Skarsgard and best horror actor and actress for real-life couple Steven Moyer and Anna Paquin.
"Twilight" won twice: Best fantasy film and breakout performance for star Taylor Lautner, who showed world-premiere footage from the film's next installment, "New Moon."
"Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" also won a pair of prizes: Megan Fox was voted best sci-fi actress and Isabel Lucas was recognized for her breakout performance as an evil shape-shifting robot.
Celebrities arrived on a checkered carpet flanked by costumed fans while two women wearing angel wings — and little else — sat in swings suspended overhead.
"It kind of reminds me of Comic-Con," said "Watchmen" star Jackie Earle Haley, who plays Freddy Kruger in the reboot of "Nightmare on Elm Street." "It's just awesome."
Fans were invited to vote online for their favorite films and TV shows in categories such as best villain, best superhero and most memorable mutilation.
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