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Benjamin Willis: That's a shame. Being it's fourth of July and all. Kids like you should be out having fun. Drinking. Partying. Running people over. Getting away with murder. Things like that.
Julie James: You. Ben Willis.
Benjamin Willis: Good. I see you've been doing your homework, too.
~ Benjamin Willis to Julie James.

Benjamin Willis, also simply known as "The Fisherman", is the main antagonist of the "I Know What You Did Last Summer" films. He is based on Lois Duncan's book's character, Bud.

He was portrayed by Muse Watson in the first two films, and by Don Shanks as a zombie in the third film.


From his first appearance in I KNow What You Did Last Summer, Ben appeared as a middle-aged Caucasian man who has what appears to be stubble on his face with short dark brownish hair that appears to be graying in some areas, dark eyes, and what appears to be stubble on his face.

In I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, his hair appeared to have grown much longer with much darker color to them, with the lost of his arm in the previous film, he replaced it with a hook hand.

In I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer, he appears as a zombified version of himself, almost akin to a discomposed corpse with his left eye losing all its color, instead being almost entirely white.

As the Fisherman, Ben was dressed in a full black rain slicker that appears to cover his face at some angles, more so in the dark, in additionally, being armed with a hook.


Ben has shown to be a rather vindictive and hateful man, more so towards those he believed has wronged him in some ways. In the first instance of this, he bruatally murdered his wife after finding out that she had an affair, before escaping with his two children.

However, his sole redeaming quality of himself appears to be the love he had toward his two children who he had raised after that incident. Once again out of revenge, he murdered David Egan who was dating his daughter, Susie, who later died in a car accident. Ben was later hit by Julie and her friends after leaving from the scene on the same night.

It was during the events of I Know What You Did Last Summer, where he truly showed his vindictive and hateful side as he went on a murder spree the year after the incident, killing several people who had no connection to what happened to him just to torment his true targets, one of them being Max when he was working, Officer David Caporizo, who had Helen in his car, and Elsa, Helen's sister who she went for help.

Ben, himself has shown to be a hyopcrite, and already psychotic throughout these events as he acted out of revenge for being struck by a car, even comdeming Julie and her friends, but showed no remorse about all the innocent lives that he took leaving to that point. He continued on with this in I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, where he killed Dave, Ray's friend who was with him at the same, and several employees who worked at the resort Julie and the others were at; showing remorse after accidently killing his son, William.



Ben Willis was a fisherman, and a widower. He had two known children, William and Susie. Susie was the fiancée of David Egan. It was also mentioned in I Still Know What You Did Last Summer by Estes, that Ben killed and mutilated his wife in the hotel's honeymoon suite. One night, they were driving and got into a fatal accident. David survived unharmed, but Susie was killed. Blaming the death solely on David, Ben killed him the next year and threw his body into the ocean.

That same night, Ben was run over by teenagers; Helen, Barry, Julie, and Ray, while celebrating Helen winning a beauty pageant. While driving home they accidentally ran over Ben. The panicking teens dump Ben into the ocean, believing him to be dead. The next day, David's body washes up on shore, and his death was declared a suicide.

The Next Summer

A year after the incident, Ben has apparently caught up to them, wearing a black raincoat and wielding a meat hook. Julie has returned home from college and hasn't made contact with her friends since the accident. She finds a note saying "I Know What You Did Last Summer".

The friends reunite, and go confront their friend Max, who was the only one who saw them that night. Max is killed by Ben shortly afterwards. Ben makes an attempt on Barry's life by running him down with his own car, but Barry ends up in the hospital. Julie and her friends learn of David and his alleged suicide from David's sister, Missy. Missy tells them that a friend of David's named "Billy Blue" had visited her.

After Barry is released, Ben hides in Helen's closet, making her his next target. As she sleeps, he cuts her hair, and puts on her crown, writing "Soon" on her mirror in lipstick. Julie finds Max's dead body shortly afterwards, in her car's crab filled trunk. When she returns to show her friends, the trunk is empty and clean, except for a few wrenches. At the beauty pageant, Helen witnesses Barry getting murdered, but neither the body or the killer is found. A police officer begins to take Helen home, but is lured away by Ben and killed. Helen panics and runs to a local store to Elsa, the store owner and Helen's sister, but Ben manages to break down the door and kill Elsa. Helen manages to escape but is shoved into a pile of tires, and slashed to death. Helen's screams are deafened by an ongoing parade.

Julie learns the truth of Ben Willis and heads to the docks to warn Ray, who doesn't believe her. She finds Ray on a boat called "Billy Blue" and briefly mistakes him for the killer, Ray tries to reason with her before the real killer reveals himself as Ben Willis. Ben knocks Ray out. Ben chases Julie around the boat which begins to sail, while Ray steals another boat to rescue her.

In a room full of ice, Julie discovers Helen and Barry's bodies. Ray makes it aboard the Billy Blue, but is nearly killed by Ben, but is caught in the net. Ray manages to rescue Julie, and Ben's hand is caught in a rope and hoisted up by Ray. Ben's hand is cut off by the pulley, and he is catapulted into the ocean. When Ray and Julie make it back to shore, they are met by the police, who tell them that they only found Ben's hand, but the rest of the body should turn up soon.

Second Murder Spree

Julie and Ray have started a relationship, but Julie is haunted by nightmares of Ben. Julie also made friends with her roommate Karla, Karla's boyfriend Tyrell, and Will Benson They try having fun at a disco club, but Julie has an apparition of Ben in his fisherman outfit and leaves. The next day, Karla finds out she won a trip to the Bahamas, much to her and Julie's excitement. Julie is invited to go with her, and invites Will, and Tyrell to come with. Ray tells Julie he can't make it but tells her to have fun.

Ray's friend Dave convinces him to go anyway and surprise her. While out, Ray and Dave see a dead body on the road, when Ray step out, Dave is attacked by Ben, who is still donning his fishermen disguise. Ben attempts to run Ray down, but Ray jumps down a steep hill, escapes and later purchases a gun before heading to the Bahamas to make sure Julie and the others are okay.

At the Island Resort, another fisherman murders the maid, dockhand, and pool boy. Julie and her friends find out most of the tourist's are leaving because it's storm season. Julie finds the corpse of the dockhand, but when everyone else checks it out, the body is gone and the blood is cleaned up. The hotel's manager tells them to stay put because of the weather.

Later, the killer make an attempt on Julie and Karla's lives but they are rescued by Will and Tyrell. They later find the manager with a machete impaled through his head, the radio destroyed and all boats cut loose from the island. They suspect the baggage handler, Estes who reveals that Ben Willis once lived on the island. They head back to the hotel where Tyrell is killed, Karla is chased down by the fisherman and presumably killed.

Ray finally makes it to the island and meets up with Julie. They notice blood on Will's shirt and he reveals that he is Ben's son (making his fake last name a bit of a pun). Will drags Julie to a graveyard, where Ben once again shows up. Ray shows up and aims his gun at Ben and Will, but the gun misfires. Will and Ray fight each other and Ben attempts to make an attempt of Ray's life, but Ray dodges the hook, causing Ben to accidentally kill his son. This further enraged Ben, but then he is killed by being shot several times then he falls into an open grave after dying. Somehow he comes back to life.

Third killing spree

In "I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer", he starts another killing spree targeting a group of friends responsible for their friend P.J.'s death using the legend of Ben Willis the "Fisherman" killer (with Roger disguising himself as him in their prank) as a scapegoat. He now appeared as a zombie, implying he did die in the second movie, and comes back to exact revenge for those who died in circumstances similar to his. At the end of the movie right after the screen turns black, hook noises are heard and Amber is heard screaming.


  • Sarah Willis (his own wife)
  • David Franklin Egan
  • Max Neurick
  • Barry Cox
  • Officer David Caporizo
  • Elsa Shivers
  • Helen Shivers
  • Dave
  • Darick
  • Olga
  • Titus Telesco
  • Mr. Brooks
  • Tyrell
  • Nancy
  • William Willis (Accident;his own son)
  • Ray Bronson (Fate unknown)
  • Julie James (Fate unknown)
  • Roger
  • Zoe
  • Sheriff Paul Jeremiah Davis Sr.
  • Colby Patterson
  • Deputy John Hafner
  • Amber Williams





  • In an episode of SpongeBob SquarePants, SpongeBob and Patrick watched the Fisherman Movie, which was inspired from his name, and Squidward used a disguise of him to scare them.
  • It's unknown how Ben Willis was brought back to life after being shot to death by Julie in I Still Know What You Did Last Summer. More so, the reason that he went after teenagers from Colorado despite the first and second films took place in Southport, North Carolina and the second happened in the Bahamas; as well as none of them having anything to do with him or his family aside from hearing about it.
    • It could be that he was revived as a kind of spirit of vengeance who targets those who kills someone and keeps it a secret (similar to the first film), as well as those who knows about it, but never told anyone. However, this doesn't make sense as Ben killed several innocent people who had no knowledge about what happened before and after his resurrection.
    • It's also unknown as to how his body was put back together after being shredded to pieces by a snow blower.


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